The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will travel along a 12.5-mile route through Columbus on its way to the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds, where it will be on display for five days.

The exhibit, which will be coming from Grayling, Michigan, will arrive in Columbus on July 27 and be open to the public 24 hours a day through July 31.

American Legion Post 24, which began a campaign to raise $64,000 for the exhibit in December, is optimistic in its efforts to hit that goal, post commander Al McKown said.

About half of the $64,000 cost has been committed in the form of in-kind donations, and $18,000 to $20,000 in cash pledges have been made so far, said Dempsey Ferguson, finance officer at the post.

How to donate:

Donations to bring a traveling Vietnam Veterans Wall exhibit to Bartholomew County can be made by mailing a check to American Legion Post 24, 2515 25th St., Columbus. Checks can be made out to American Legion Moving Wall Fund.

An online crowdfunding website has also been established at, which can be found by searching “Support the 2017 Moving Wall Memorial in Columbus, Indiana.”

For more on this story, see Saturday’s Republic.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or