The Manchester chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will lead 58 laps around the Manchester downtown square from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in recognition of soldiers killed in the Vietnam War.
The 58 laps represents one lap for every 1,000 service members who were killed in the Vietnam War in recognition of National Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Day. All members of the community are encouraged to attend and participate in at least one lap.
Each participant will be asked to carry the American flag, Vietnam veterans flag or the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) flag, as they walk around the square. Each lap takes approximately two and one-half minutes to walk. Anyone can walk in memory of a loved one, friend or relative who served in the war.
VFW will remember the veterans who died in Vietnam during the war from these counties: Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Moore, Rutherford, Sequatchie and Warren. Combined there are a total of 55 veterans. Each deceased veteran will also be remembered with a single lap designated for that person as well as any other veteran a participant is walking in honor of.
This event will be held in conjunction with the Disabled Veterans of America (DAV) Post 90, American Legion Gold Star Post 78 and the Sequatchie Valley Veterans Honor Guard.
For more information, visit www.vfwpost1094.com.