The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall will arrive in Concordia in two weeks. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Committee Chairman Mark Heins:

Mark Heins

The three-fifths sized replica of the Washington, D.C. monument crosses the United States to honor those who died in the war. “Our committee has gone to the effort of getting the names of all the servicemen within a four-county area of Lafayette, Saline, Pettis, and Johnson County. There’s 48 servicemen that lost their life during the Vietnam War. And we’ve made placards for those individual servicemen, that will be marked in front of the wall where their name is located,” said Heins.

A locator tent will also be available on the grounds. It is free to see the wall, which will be in Concordia from Wednesday, September 4th to Sunday, September 8th.

More information about the wall is available at

Schedule of Events

Vietnam Wall Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, September 4 at 7pm

Pre-service Music – 6:30pm – “Airlifter Brass” Quintet, Scott Air Force Base – Belleville, IL

Welcoming Remarks – Mark Heins

Invocation – Lt. Col. William Bartoul, Wing Chaplain Whiteman Air Force Base

Presentation of the Colors – Whiteman Air Force Base Honor Guard

Pledge of Allegiance – Gene Rittman

“Star Spangled Banner” – sung by Lorrie Lilleman

Remarks from Greg Welsh, Vietnam Veteran & Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall Manager – Recognize Vietnam Veterans in attendance

Music – “Airlifter Brass” Quintet – “Armed Service Song Medley” – Salute to Veterans, Recognizing All Branches of the Military

Keynote Address – Col. Don Ballard – Vietnam Veteran & Medal of Honor recipient

“Proud to be an American” – sung by Lisa Paul, Roxanne Nierman & Clint Paul

Laying of Wreath – Presented by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II

“Amazing Grace” played by Bag Pipe soloist – Matt Burchett

Closing Prayer -Lt. Col. William Bartoul

“God Bless America” – sung by Lisa Paul


Vietnam Wall Closing Ceremony
Sunday, September 8 at 2pm

Pre-service Music – Wentworth Military Academy Band (beginning at approximately 1:30pm)

Welcoming Remarks – Mark Heins

Invocation – Capt. Craig Muehler, Deputy Chaplain of the Marine Corps

Pledge of Allegiance – Richard Strobel

“Star Spangled Banner” – St. Paul Singing Saints

Keynote address – Major Tim Sutton, Whiteman Air Force Base, Knob Noster, MO

Reading of the Lafayette County Casualties with Bell toll – Retired Col. Jeff & Jeanie Peterson

POW – MIA Remembrance Ceremony – Nick Virus

Retirement of Colors – Concordia Veterans Honor Guard

Closing Prayer – Capt. Craig Muehler

Taps – Gene Welch