It took Vietnam veteran and Ret. Brigadier General Dan Cherry nearly 40 years to travel back to Saigon to meet a Vietnamese pilot he shot down in combat during the Vietnam War.
On Monday, May 9, attendees at The Center for Rural Development’s free breakfast for The Wall That Heals traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall will hear Cherry’s emotional story of healing and reconciliation during the kickoff of the replica wall’s one-week stay in Somerset.
Cherry, a published author and decorated fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force from Bowling Green, will join local, state, and national leaders at the breakfast starting at 9:30 a.m. to honor Kentucky veterans, military service personnel, and their families.
The program launches a week of military observances — scheduled at noon at The Center each day beginning Tuesday, May 10 — honoring the more than 58,000 service members killed or reported missing in action during the war. A closing ceremony will be held at noon on Saturday, May 14, with military honors conducted by Somerset’s American Legion Post 38 Honor Guard.
The Wall That Heals exhibition includes a traveling museum and information center, which is equipped with a scanner so visitors can bring their photos of loved ones on The Wall and have them scanned onsite.
The exhibit may be viewed 24 hours per day. There is no admission charge to view The Wall or attend any of the daily military observances. The Center is located at 2292 South U.S. 27 (at Traffic Light 15) in Somerset.