Dignity Memorial

Dignity Memorial® Vietnam Wall Schedule of Events

Tuesday, September 18


8:30-10 a.m.


Rider registration for local motorcycle clubs at Orange County Choppers

10:15 a.m.


Pre-ride ceremonies: Honor Guard, blessing of bikes, music

11 a.m.


Kick stands up to escort the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall to the Danbury War Memorial

12:15 p.m. (estimate)


Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall scheduled to arrive at Danbury War Memorial

Upon Arrival


Arrival ceremonies

12:45 p.m.


Barbeque for riders




Wednesday, September 19


Set Up Day No Events Scheduled




Thursday, September 20



9 a.m.-2 p.m.


Private viewings for school programs

3-9 p.m.


Private viewings for disabled veterans and their families




Friday, September 21



8 a.m.


Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall officially opens to the public

10 a.m.


Opening Ceremony CPT Thomas Saadi, Master of Ceremonies
Welcome Michael Martel and Mayor Mark Boughton
Clearing of the Wall Peter Hardy
Posting of Colors Color Guards, led by Veterans Council
National Anthem Danbury mad Hatters Chorus
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation MAJ Michael Macura
Posting of POW/MIA Flag Korean War Veterans
Proclamation of POW/MIA Day William Shemeley
Speakers Mayor Mark Boughton and Sen. Richard Blumenthal
Reading of Local Names Fred Visconti, Dwayne Perkins, Regina Ofiero
Rifle Salute Danbury Police Department
God Bless America Danbury Mad Hatters Chorus
Benediction Rev. Carolyn Legg

11 a.m.


Table of Remembrance Ceremony Robert Young and Norma Vinchkoski

8 p.m.


Candlelight POW/MIA Ceremony Kathy Shemeley




Saturday, September 22



9:45 a.m.


Danbury Drum Corps

10 a.m.


Opening Ceremony Deacon Richard Kovacs, Master of Ceremonies
Welcome John Falkowski
Speaker SPC Matthew McDonald
Pat Waldron, Director of Veterans Affairs
Clearing of the Wall Don Hicks, Celtic Cross
Posting of Colors Color Guards, led by Veterans Council
National Anthem Lisa Cerbone-Montalto
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation Father Gregg Mecca
Posting of POW/MIA Flag Korean War Veterans
Proclamation of POW/MIA Day Kathy Shemeley
Speakers CT Sen. Michael McLachlan and Capt. Salvatore Tarantino
Reading of Local Names Three children
Laying of Wreaths
Rifle Salute
God Bless America Lisa Cerbone-Montalto

11 a.m.


Massing of the Pipes by the Police & Fire Pipe and Drum and Danbury Drum Corps

8 p.m.


Reading of Names for Connecticut




Sunday, September 23



4 p.m.


Closing Ceremony Speaker SPC Matthew McDonald, LTC Mark Fairbrother
Closing Remarks CPT Thomas Saadi, Master of Ceremonies
Clearing the Wall 11th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry
National Anthem Kira Wallace
Pledge of Allegiance 11th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry
Invocation New Hope Baptist Church
Removal of Memorabilia from Wall
Blessing of Memorabilia LTC Mark Fairbrother
Flag Ceremony
God Bless America Kira Wallace
Benediction Cantor Penny Kessler
Rifle Salute 11th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry
Wall Officially Closes