An 80 percent scaled replica of the wall will be on display at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka March 27-30 to celebrate Vietnam Welcome Home Day.

Of the more than 58,000 names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC, 16 are Siskiyou County natives.

An 80 percent scaled replica of the wall will be on display at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka March 27-30 to celebrate Vietnam Welcome Home Day.

The tribute is the largest traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, according to Traveling Wall committee member Jackie Roy.

Transporting the wall to Yreka will be “a huge deal,” said County Veterans Service Officer Tim Grenvik, who has been working for more than a year to get the traveling tribute to Siskiyou County.

There will be an escort from the Weed airport to the fairgrounds, and everyone is welcome to either join the escort or watch. The wall is expected to begin transport at 3 p.m. March 26. Grenvik recommends the overpass at Grenada, Walters Lane in south Yreka and the entrance of the fairgrounds as the best vantage points.

“I’d really like to see people come out and support this, it will be a great sight to see,” said Grenvik.

An opening ceremony will be held Thursday, March 27 and the main event to celebrate Vietnam Welcome Home Day will be on Saturday, March 29.

One of the highlights this year will be the appearance of a Huey helicopter, one of the signatures of the Vietnam War.

Vietnam Welcome Home Day hasn’t been widely celebrated in years past, Grenvik said. So this year, the committee is “doing it right.”

So far, plans are to have speakers, including a Vietnam POW and a nurse.

The wall will be open 24 hours a day, with volunteer staff onsite at the fairgrounds. Grenvik said he hopes that the 24-hour schedule will bring out veterans that would normally not attend the event.

The event will include vendors with merchandise and food in addition to educational information.

The committee had to raise $10,000 to bring the wall here, Grenvik said, and fundraising is still underway.

The Elks Lodge, at the national level, recently donated $2,000 to the event. It’s also supported by the Siskiyou County Veterans Leadership Council, which includes the Marine Corps League Siskiyou Detachment #936, American Legion post 122, American Legion post 260, American Legion post 92, the Siskiyou County Veterans Commission, Missing in American Project and the Siskiyou County Veterans Service Office.

Grenvik said the community has really come together to make this happen, and people all around the county have donated.

“To have this in Yreka is a really big deal,” said Grenvik.

For more information or to learn how to donate toward the wall’s visit, call the Veterans Services Office at (530) 842-8010.