DAYTONA BEACH , Fla. – The American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Traveling Wall will visit Daytona International Speedway Feb. 27 – March 8 during Daytona 200 Week By Honda. Viewing is free to the public with access to the Memorial through the Turn 4 Tunnel.  

The mission of the project is to travel the nation to honor, respect, and remember men and women who served, and to pay specific tribute to those who gave all in that service. Since the tribute is mobile it allows people to honor and respect veterans and active military personnel without having to travel great distances to do so.

“We’re honored to be able to display the American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Traveling Wall at ‘The World Center of Racing,’ ”said Speedway President Robin Braig.  “The memorial on property will remind our fans of those who have served their country with great distinction.”  

The AVTT presents several Cost of Freedom memorials and exhibits with its centerpiece being the Traveling Wall, an 80 percent scale version of the Viet Nam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

Across its 370-foot length, the wall contains every single name etched on the original. At its apex the memorial is an impressive eight-feet tall. The traveling wall was completed in early 1998 and began traveling that year.  AVTT’s traveling wall is the largest Wall replica traveling the USA.  

The other memorials and exhibits included in the AVTT event include:

·         The Cost of Freedom Memorial : A series of stand-up exhibits created in gold dog tags to record the names of those who gave their lives for our freedom since Vietnam and including present day Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. This is a stunning exhibit for all to see.

·         911 Memorials : A stand-up exhibit with lighted twin towers to make sure “we never forget”. Each name is recorded according to their location at the time of the tragedy.

·         Walk Of Heros: A series of stand-up’s that pay tribute and provide education regarding our country’s history, as well as conflicts America was involved in to insure our freedom. Freedom did not come for free and these tributes represent the true cost of freedom as paid in lives.

·         Vietnam Remembered: A nationally acclaimed art display of original paintings and more, for viewing, education, and reflection.

·         Tribute Panel: Anyone can purchase a silver custom inscribed dog tag to place on our tribute panel. This is a tribute and a personal message to a loved one, past or present. This tribute panel travels the USA with all other exhibits.

·         World War II:   To assure all living veterans are honored, AVTT presents displays of pictures and information to pay specific tribute to WWII veterans.

·         Korean War:   A beautiful pictorial display of the men who fought the forgotten war along with battle maps and the war timeline.