Butler County Times Gazette
  • Legion bringing Traveling Tribute to El Dorado

  • The American Veterans Traveling Tribute will visit the American Legion Post 81 in El Dorado from Sept. 4 through 7
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  • Veterans and active members of America’s armed services travel great distances and make great sacrifices to preserve and protect freedom and liberty, how far will you travel to honor their contribution?
    The American Veterans Traveling Tribute will visit the American Legion Post 81 in El Dorado from Sept. 4 through 7 with the Cost of Freedom Tribute.
    The Tribute will be on display at 1801 W. Central Ave. on the old driving range. The Tribute will be escorted into the site by members of the American Legion Riders. Any other motorcycle riders are invited to participate in the honorable duty of “Escorting the Wall.” The Tribute will be erected by volunteers from the American Legion on the morning of Sept. 5. Members from the community are also invited to assist in this.
    Fundraising has been ongoing since August of 2013 to help defray the $15,000 cost of bringing this emotional tribute to El Dorado. Many local businesses and individuals have already made their tax deductible donations for this event. The first Sunday of the month, the American Legion Riders for post 81 have been hosting a Burger Burn at the post with the proceeds going to help finance the event. The Burger Burn also is open to the public. Anyone interested in making a donation or a memorial in honor of a family member or friend who gave the ultimate sacrifice to keep our great nation free can send donations to the American Legion at the above address.
    The mission of the project is to travel the nation to honor, respect, and remember men and women who served, and to pay specific tribute to those who gave all in that service. Since the tribute is mobile it allows people to honor and respect veterans and active military personnel without having to travel great distances to do so.
    The AVTT presents several Cost of Freedom memorials and exhibits with its centerpiece being the Traveling Wall, an 80 percent scale version of the Viet Nam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. Across its 360-foot length the wall contains every single name etched on the original. At its apex the memorial is an impressive eight-feet tall. The Traveling Wall was completed in early 1998 and began traveling that year.
    AVTT’s Traveling Wall is the largest Wall replica traveling the USA, and is not to be confused with several other replica Walls; The Moving Wall, The Dignity Wall, the Wall That Heals. These replica Walls do a fine job, and we are all on a mutual mission.
    The total “Cost of Freedom” exhibit includes:
    • The Traveling Wall – an 80% replica Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall (360ft long/8ft tall at apex) with flag display flown over the Wall (14 flags total)
    • 190ft of additional stand up displays honoring all veterans and those serving today.
    Page 2 of 2 - Displays include:
    • (2) 4x8 panels Presidents /with photo.
    • (1) 4x8 panel-Ranks and Medals/Award.
    • (3) 4x8 panels WWII- (1) timeline/ (1) casualty by country/ (1) pictorial
    • (2) 4x8 panels Korea-  (1) timeline and battle maps/ (1) pictorial and list of Medal of Honor recipients.
    • (2) 4x8 panels Vietnam timelines
    • (2) 4x8 panels /1980-2000 U.S. conflicts and casualties listed. (1) 2x2 Operation Eagle Claw with casualty listing/ (1) 2x2 El Salvador civil war with casualty listing/ (1) 2x2 Invasion of Grenada with casualty listing/ (1) 2x2 Bombing of Marine barracks in Beirut with casualty listing/ (1) 2x2 Operation El Dorado Canyon with casualty listing/ (1) 2x2 USS Stark with casualty listing/ (1) 2x2 Invasion of Panama with casualty listing/ (2) 2x2 Desert Shield Desert Storm with casualty listing/ (1) 2x2 Somalia with casualty listing/ (1) 2x2 Khobar, Saudi Arabia with casualty listing/ (1) 2x2 USS Cole with casualty listing.
    • (1) 4x8 panel 9/11- (2) 2x2 Pentagon and casualty list/ 2x2 Flight 93 and Casualty list/ (2) 2x2 Tower 1 and casualty listing/ (2) 2x2 Tower 2 and casualty listing.
    • (6) 4x8 panels/ Global War on Terror. A collection of individual engraved gold dog tags depicting all casualties from the global war on terror.
    • (1) 4x8 panel/ Names and photo’s of all Ft. Hood victims. 
    • (2) 4x8 panels/ Police and Fire/ (1) 4x8 Police Pictorial/ (1) 4x8 Firefighter Pictorial
    • (1) 2 sided 24in. x 36in. A-Frame/ (1) 24x36 Police Casualty by state/ (1) 24x36 Firefighter by state.
    • (1) 4x4 panel/ FBI panel with casualty listing.
    • (8) 2 sided 24” x 36” A-Frames:  (1) WWI plus statistics/ (1) Spanish American plus statistics/ (1) Korean War plus statistics/ (1) Civil War North plus statistics/ (1) WWII plus statistics/ (1) Civil
    War South plus statistics/ (1) Desert Storm plus statistics/ (1) War of 1812 plus statistics/ (1) Vietnam War plus statistics/ (1) Mexican War plus statistics/ (1) American Revolution plus statistics/ (1) Cost of Freedom/ (4) U.S. Conflicts listing plus statistics.
    Remembering, educating, and respect are the main focuses of AVTT. These special tributes and exhibits mean The AVTT is fully the American Veterans Traveling Tribute.
    About the AVTT:
    The American Veterans Traveling Tribute is a veteran-owned project committed to travel the USA to honor, respect, and remember those who served, and pay specific tribute to those who gave all.
    AVTT is not government sponsored or affiliated, but funded through sponsorship fees, donations, and sale of merchandise at events. AVTT is self funded via sponsorship fees, merchandise sales, and donations. 
    AVTT is contracted by The Texas Freedom Tribute (TFT,) an IRS designated 501 C3, to provide The Wall, crew, and expertise. Donations or support to AVTT’s mission via TFT are qualified charitable tax deductions.  For more information or to schedule an AVTT event, visit www.avtt.org or e-mail   Leah@avtt.org.

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