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American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) travels the USA with the Cost of Freedom Tribute to provide a forum for communities to come together to Honor-Respect-Remember all those whom we have asked to stand in harm’s way to protect and defend our great country and freedom as our way of life. They are the true American Heroes and we have an obligation to pay tribute to them by celebrating the freedoms they fought for and stand to insure.

AVTT (www.avtt.org) is a veteran-owned project that travels the USA to provide a forum for communities to HONOR-RESPECT-REMEMBER all who have sacrificed their lives for our country’s freedom. In so doing, AVTT also honors all Veterans and those currently serving, letting them know they will never be forgotten. AVTT is funded through sponsorship fees, donations, and sale of merchandise at events. Donations to support AVTT’s mission are qualified charitable tax deductions through The Traveling Wall Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.

AVTT was founded on the principles that American Heroes must be honored and remembered. Additionally, AVTT allows those without the means or ability to travel to our great national memorial sites to pay respect and share in the experience of honoring our heroes.

Through its various programs and tributes, AVTT is fostering the education and building the appreciation of our youth in the sacrifices made by countless men and women in defense of freedom and the way of life they enjoy.

Our traveling tribute is a true depiction of the great sacrifices made throughout the history of our country. It consists of:

  • Displays representing statistics from every war/conflict in which the USA has been involved.
  • A series of World War II panels portraying the entire timeline of events.
  • A Korean War tribute representing the timeline of the entire conflict with corresponding battle maps and photos.
  • The Traveling Vietnam Wall – 80% replica (largest replica) of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. The “wall” stretches over 380 ft long from end to end and contains all 58,253 names. The “wall” is current through 2009 and is constantly being updated to accurately pay tribute to those who died during the Vietnam war.
  • A timeline, series of facts and figures, and a display of art from Vietnam veteran artists depicting patriotic and veteran themes.
  • A display of USA founding and significant historical documents including the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and other historical documents.
  • Panels for honoring Law Enforcement and Firefighters with pictorial display.
  • A panel memorializing the casualties at the Ft. Hood 2009 shooting.
  • Pictures of each of our Commanders in Chief throughout history.
  • A 9/11 tribute with the names of all 2984 casualties organized by where they were located at the time of death.
  • The AVTT “Gold Dog Tag” display. This one of a kind tribute honors those who have fallen and to which there is not currently a memorial for their honor and remembrance. Each dog tag permanently records the casualty information (full name, branch of service, rank, date, and location of casualty) for that American Hero. This tribute is updated constantly and would be accurate to the day it would arrive at your location. Currently the AVTT Gold Dog Tag display is the tribute to those who have fallen 1) In hostile military actions between the end of Vietnam and the 9/11 attack and 2) As a member of the armed forces who have given their life in the Global War on Terror.

The normal event schedule is from Wednesday afternoon until Sunday afternoon/evening and the Exhibit is open for viewing 24/7 while on site. We anticipate over 8,000 visitors – which is a very conservative number when you consider the dedication and devotion of the people of West Virginia to their veterans and their nation.

The absolute key to a successful event is total community involvement. It should not just be Veterans honoring other Veterans. The Cost of Freedom exhibit is not a war memorial and should never be defined as such.

It is a tribute to service and sacrifice.

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