Barnesville to host Vets Traveling Tribute

BARNESVILLE-A program from the American Veterans Traveling Tribute ( is scheduled for Barnesville in 2014.

The “Cost of Freedom” exhibit will arrive at Memorial Park on May 7, 2014 and remain through Sunday, May 11, 2014.

The American Legion Riders Barnesville Post 168 is trying to raise funds to support the project’s trip to Barnesville. The large-scale exhibit’s centerpiece is an 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. with flags flown over the wall. The remaining 190 feet of additional stand up display honors all veterans and those currently serving, including first responders.

Panels from this portion of the exhibit focus on ranks, medals and awards, World War II, the Korean War, U.S. conflicts from 1980 to 2000, major United States wars and statistics beginning with the American Revolution, Sept. 11, police and firefighters, the FBI, Fort Hood victims and the Global War on Terror. Two laptops and hard cover books with the exhibit will help visitors locate names on the wall, and another database will help locate names on the “Gold Dog Tag” display.

A total of $17,000 is required for the tribute exhibit, and the Barnesville American Legion Riders are accepting donations. An initial $5,000 must be raised by January to secure the display for the following year. Donations can be made to the American Legion Riders Post 168 through members or the Barnesville branch of WesBanco. For information or to make a donation, contact Jeff Warner at (740) 238-0303 or Joe Brown at (740) 312-0023.

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