Dearborn: Come Out Tuesday for Vietnam Memorial's Arrival

The Wall That Heals will come to Dearborn Tuesday, Oct. 23, around 11 a.m.

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.

More: The Wall That Heals Coming to Dearborn

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.

City of Dearborn October 23, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Thank you for your comment - fixed!
Marci October 23, 2012 at 06:40 PM
City of Dearborn representative came around to businesses on Michigan Avenue on Monday asking citizens to stand outside in support. I was excited to stand in unity to support and remember Vietnam veterans and stood on sidewalk at 11:20 when the wall went by. Sadly I only saw 3 other people on either side of the street. I have lived in Dearborn for a short time and am VERY saddened at the lack of true community! Where is the Dearborn Community to show solidarity and support for something as simple and touching as this special wall. Noone on the streets of Michigan Avenue? It was very sad. I have noticed this lack of community support in other situations in Dearborn as well. Having moved from an area where community spirit was very important, citizens rallied support in little things such as stopping for funeral procession on side of street, etc. Dearborn appeared to be such a wonderful little town, however living here I discovered greed and bickering. Today, in the heart of West Dearborn only five people watched the wall drive by ~ Where was the Chamber, the Church, the businesses, anyone out there Dearborn???
City of Dearborn October 23, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Interesting thoughts, Marci - I didn't see very many people out on the streets, either. Perhaps it was because of the timing, with it being in the middle of the work day? Also, I think some people were caught off guard because the motorcade came through quite early. I was heading down Michigan Avenue to stake out a spot to watch it around 11:15 and almost missed it entirely! Several people said they missed it for that reason.
Shawn Morasco October 24, 2012 at 01:32 AM
I wish I could of been there like the military men and women are there for us. I didn't know it was going to be driving through today. I wouldn't of been able to be there for support anyway, because of work. I WILL BE THERE Friday to see "The Wall". I do hope that there will be more then 3 people attending this great event?
M. Imsosure October 24, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I was about the 5th or 6th bike behind the truck with the wall. I was surprised at how many DID show up. They were in groups in front of buisness' but not close together. I saw only one vetren saluting, most were waving small flags or holding up camera phones. I thought it was impressive because I really didn't expect anyone. We rode on Michigan Ave. from 275 and didn't see any people, to speak of, until we got to John Daly Rd. It was fun and an honor to join in this escort.


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