Wallace to escort memorial ride

Vietnam tribute will be on display during motorcycle rally at Iowa Speedway

March 31, 2014 | 9:57 pm

A smaller version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., honoring service members who served during the Vietnam War, will be in central Iowa next week. "The Wall That Heals" will be displayed at the Iowa Speedway during the Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally July 25-28.

The travelling tribute will be displayed in Des Moines and then transported to the Newton track, escorted by NASCAR legend and Iowa Speedway, Rusty Wallace, and other local officials.

“We are extremely honored and humbled that The Wall That Heals will be on display at the Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally,” said Iowa Speedway CEO Doug Fritz. “We have a memorial ride planned, along with several other military tributes throughout the rally. Honoring Veterans is one of the best things we can do as a society, so we invite everyone out to see this moving memorial and be a part of the escort ride to Iowa Speedway.”

You can read the official release from Iowa Speedway:

NASCAR Legend Rusty Wallace to Lead Escort Ride for Vietnam Memorial Wall

Stunning military tribute -‘The Wall That Heals’ - will be on display at the Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally, July 25-28

NEWTON, Iowa – July 18, 2012 – A half-scale model of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., will make its way to central Iowa next week.The Wall That Heals will be escorted from Big Barn Harley-Davidson, located on the corner of I-80 and NW 2nd St, Tuesday, July 24 to Iowa Speedway. At approximately 2:00 p.m., the 250 foot replica will begin to make its way to Newton for the multi-day Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally, July 25-28.

“We are extremely honored and humbled thatThe Wall That Heals will be on display at the Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally,” said Iowa Speedway CEO Doug Fritz. “We have a memorial ride planned, along with several other military tributes throughout the rally. Honoring Veterans is one of the best things we can do as a society, so we invite everyone out to see this moving memorial and be a part of the escort ride to Iowa Speedway.”

Emcee of the Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally, Jay Allen, shared his thoughts on the traveling memorial, too.

“For area riders, this is a special opportunity and may be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a member of an escort like this,” says Allen. “We welcome all riders to meet at Big Barn Harley-Davidson to join NASCAR legend, Rusty Wallace; Chairman of Iowa Speedway, Conrad Clement; Newton Mayor, Chaz Allen; and myself for this event. It truly will be an experience you’ll never forget.”

Tuesday’s display of The Wall That Heals is the first appearance of this Vietnam Memorial Wall replica in central Iowa. The memorial will open on Wednesday, July 25, at Iowa Speedway, and will be dedicated on Thursday, July 26, at noon. The popular Wall memorial is supported by private contributions, which may be donated by visitingwww.vvmf.org.

The Rolling Thunder XXV commemorative bikes, built by world famous motorcycle builders, will be on display as part of the military tribute installation at the rally. Renowned builder Dave Perewitz will lead a military tribute ride to the National Motorcycle Museum on Friday morning, July 27. S&S Cycle Tribute to the Troops will accompany the dedicating ceremony on Thursday and closing ceremony on Saturday.

Additional information and event tickets are available atwww.iowagrandrally.com andwww.facebook.com/iowagrandmotorcyclerally, or by calling 1-866-787-8946. Early bird pricing: $75 for 4-day pass includes free tent camping (offer ends July 24th). Self-contained RV camping is an additional $50. Day passes and other camping is also available.

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