When The Wall That Heals arrives in Dearborn, organizers hope the Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica will be met with great fanfare.
As such, the public is invited to line Michigan Avenue to wave flags and greet the memorial replica when it arrives in Dearborn on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
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The tractor-trailer transporting The Wall that Heals will be traveling east and is expected to reach Michigan Avenue at the Dearborn border near Telegraph around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday on its way to a five-day public display at Ford World Headquarters near the Southfield Freeway.
Free public viewing of The Wall That Heals will begin on Thursday, Oct. 25 following a 10 a.m. opening ceremony and run 24 hours per day until 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 29.
On Tuesday, the tractor-trailer carrying The Wall that Heals will be accompanied by a patriotic motorcycle escort including five chapters of the American Legion Riders and members of the Patriot Guard, Rolling Thunder, Leathernecks, Viet Now and Combat Vets.
It will also be escorted by Michigan State Troopers, the Wayne County Sheriff's Department, and the Wayne and Dearborn police departments.
Organizers, including the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council, encourage everyone to take a few minutes Tuesday to greet the motorcade when it passes them on Michigan Avenue.
Driving The Wall That Heals and serving as site managers are Bob and Brenda Dobek.
Bob is originally from Novi. His military career took him around the world. He earned numerous decorations, including the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and National Defense Service Medal.
“The most rewarding part of the job is where all the residents are lining the street waving flags and saluting as the motorcycle procession passes through," said Brenda Dobek of the memorial entrance. "It makes me cry but it also makes me proud to be a part of this honor.”
For those looking to commute through the area, the Dearborn Police Department reminds drivers to be wary of backups. According to police, traffic backups as a result of the motorcade are expected on Michigan Avenue between Telegraph and Mercury Drive between 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.vvmf.org/dearbornmi.