One-of-a-kind memorial joins Traveling Wall exhibit

The "Faces of the Fallen" display, unique addition to The Vietnam Traveling Wall exhibit coming to Richland Thursday, September 16, is the one-of-a-kind creation of Mississippi residents, Bob and Richard Catlett. They created the display to honor servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The special display features one-hundred and six photographs of the fallen military from the State of Mississippi, all branches of the service, and all participated in the war against terror. The order of deaths begins with the USS Cole in April 1991 and ends in December 2013.

Some of the memorials are silhouetted as the brothers were unable to obtain a photographic image. Their current mission is to search “through these towns and find these families and see if we can get a picture” for all names that are featured.

The display had been languishing in storage until just recently when the Catlett's pulled it out for refurbishment… their first stop, Richland City Hall. The wall itself will be open twenty-four hours a day during its time in Richland. The exhibit is open to all, free of charge.

Escort details: On Thursday, September 16, the wall will leave at noon from 3984 Highway 49 in Hattiesburg (Exxon Gas Station next to Camp Shelby Southgate) and arrive at its’ Town Square location, at 380 Scarbrough Street in Richland, around 2 p.m.

The itinerary: On Thursday, September 16, at 8 p.m. the wall opens; on Friday, September 17 at 10 a.m. the opening ceremony will be held; Saturday, September 18 at 7 p.m. in the candlelight ceremony; and on Monday, September 20, at 8 a.m. the wall closes. Parking will be available at City Hall, the Senior Center, and the Riverwood Shopping Center.

For those interested in volunteering, contact Stephanie Ward at 601-420-1530 or

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