Vets Helping Vets HQ, a local nonprofit organization, is taking the Wall of Honor to the 14th Annual Celebration of Honor event at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City.
The wall will remain on display there from Sept. 14-17. The wall will have a full motorcycle and police escort to the casino in Lincoln City.
The wall and its escort will depart Albany from the parking lot of the old Safeway building, 635 Pacific Blvd. SW, at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The escort will grow with more riders and more police escorts after it reaches Toledo at 11 a.m., traveling through Newport en route to Lincoln City.
The Wall of Honor will also be on display at the Heritage Mall in Albany on Oct. 21-29.
The 20- by 30-foot wall displays the names of all U.S. service members who have died in combat since September 11, 2001. The group maintains a decorated trailer that houses the wall when it travels. This year, two extra panels will add 240 names from Operation Desert Storm.
The wall was originally developed by a high school student in Milwaukie, but Kuhn said just before Veterans Day, 2015, his group took over its maintenance, enlisting Xtreme Grafx of Albany to revitalize the images and the lettering on the wall’s 34 panels.