American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) and Traveling Vietnam Wall

Will you be in NWI July 3-7, 2012 ? Visit Purdue North Central to visit the American Veterans Traveling Tribute. We still need volunteers to help with parking, donations of water for our volunteers, and financial contributions.
Honor a veteran TODAY!

AVTT Contact Information:

View daily schedule of events program

For information about volunteering, contact:
Liz Bernel at (219) 785-5719 or


The mission of the American Veterans Traveling Tribute is to travel the nation to honor, respect and remember men and women who have served and to pay specific tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country.

Purdue University North Central will proudly host this communities-wide event from July 3 through  July 7, 2012 for everyone but particularly for the many who are unable to travel to Washington D.C. It will be held entirely outside on our baseball field.

Note: All times Central

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) presents a comprehensive Cost of Freedom Tribute which includes numerous memorials and exhibits, the centerpiece being the Traveling Wall, an 80 percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.  Across its 360-foot length, the Wall lists the names of every American casualty from the war etched on its surface, just as the original.  The memorial is eight-feet tall at its apex and is the largest Wall replica traveling the USA.  AVTT is also the only tribute event which includes the one of a kind Gold Dog Tag display representing the fallen from the Global War on Terror.

The Cost of Freedom Tribute includes: 

  • The Traveling Vietnam Wall – 80% replica (largest replica) of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in D.C., 360 feet long end to end, with all 58,271 names; this Wall is current up through the additions and deletions to 2009. Additionally, all corrections known were made at the time of its construction.
  • The Gold Dog Tag Display of all those members of the armed forces who have given their life in the Global War on Terror; each tag has full name, rank, branch of service, date and location of casualty. 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.
  • A 9/11 tribute with the names of all 2,984 casualties organized by where they were at the time of death
  • A series of A frames depicting the actual statistics from every war/conflict in which the USA has been involved
  • A series of World War II panels which portray the entire timeline of events and numerous graphics and photos
  • A Korean War tribute consisting of 8 panels with the entire timeline and battle maps with numerous photos
  • A series of Vietnam facts and figures
  • The Vietnam War timeline of events
  • An art display from a Vietnam Vet artist
  • A display of USA founding and significant historical documents: the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and other relevant documents
  • Panels for honoring Law Enforcement and Firefighters with pictorial display
  • A panel memorializing the casualties at the 2009 Fort Hood shooting
  • Panels displaying the pictures of each of our commanders in chief throughout history
  • Displays honoring all those who fell in military hostile action between the end of Vietnam and the 9/11 attack; each conflict is represented with facts and each casualty is recorded.

Would you like to take part in this effort to bring a significant and remarkable exhibit to our area?  Your community, organization, school, church, club, band, choir, etc. are all invited to participate.  Many, many volunteers are needed as are donations of financial and in-kind help. This event is self-supporting.
Please join with us.  

Any money raised beyond what is needed to bring the American Veterans Traveling Tribute will be used to support our veterans.

You may download and reproduce the poster and flyers:

This 8 1/2 x 11 AVTT event flyer may be reproduced
This low resolution 8 1/2 x 11 AVTT event flyer is best for emailing
This low resolution 8 1/2 x 11 AVTT escort flyer is best for emailing

Suitable for both children and adults, you may print and bring this AVTT quiz with answer sheet when you visit. Answers may also be found throughout the exhibits.

Helpful Information:

American Veterans Traveling Tribute website



With the support of local residents, businesses and organizations, we will be able to bring the
American Veterans Traveling Tribute to Purdue North Central this summer.  The following sponsors
are helping to bring this incredible recognition of American veterans to our community:


LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau
TP Orthodontics, Inc.


Air Products & Chemicals


Disabled American Veterans
Dr. & Mrs. Burton B. Ruby
Dr. James B. and Nancy Dworkin
Howes and Howes LLP
Nipul and Rupal Patel
North Central Veterinary Emergency Center
Pines Village Retirement Communities
Sinai Temple, Michigan City
Standard Bank & Trust
The Pangere Corporation
The Wall Gang Inc.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
United Way of Porter County
Valparaiso Rotary
VFW Post 802
Vietnam Veterans Inc.


1st Source Bank
American Legion #295 Auxiliary
American Legion JFM Post 37 (2)
American Legion Post 100
BCRC Administrator, Inc.
Beverly Puller
Birchfield Memorial Foundation
Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa
Bruce & Julie Manner
Butch and D.J. Benson in honor of The Wall Gang
Carlsons Drive-In
Carpenters Local Union #1485
D. Carol Kurmis
David & Debra Nielsen in Memory of Chancellor Emeritus Dale W. Alspaugh and Former Dean & Director Robert F. Schwarz
Debbie Hyndman
DeVries Tire Company
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 17
Dr. Mark and Judy Jacobi
Essling Funeral Home
F.O.P. Dunes Lodge #75
Hasse Construction Company
Horizon Bank
IBEW Local 531
In Memory of “Daddy”; in Honor of Brother Dave and Cousin Michael
Ironworkers Local #292
John and Karen Vander Wagen
Kane E. Benson
Kersting’s Cycle Center
Koselke-Mayfield American Legion Auxiliary 403 (2)
Lawton-Byrum VFW Post 972
McGuinness Family
Michigan City Exchange Club
New Durham Estates
Republic Services, Inc.
Roofers Local #23
Senator Jim Arnold & Lauren Arnold
SMW Local No. 20
Sons of the American Legion – 3rd District
Stephen and Jacki Turner
Stephen P. Moore
The Brychell Family
The Michigan City Moose Lodge 980 Legion Pottawattomie #94
The Mullet Family
The Plesac Family
Three Sheets Bar & Grill Inc.
Timothy O. Willis, DDS
Tri Kappa Zeta Omicrom Chapter
Valparaiso Lions Club In Honor of John Tomzcak
VFW 2511
VFW Post 1405
VFW Post 748
Wanatah Sons of American Legion Post 403
Westville Community Historical Society, Inc.
Westville Lions Club
Westville Liquors


Centre for Contemporary Dentistry
Daniel D. Fastenau
Dr. Thomas and Jacquelyn Covault
In Memory of Robert Hiler, Jr.
In Memory of Vernon Guy “Buddy” Jaques, Jr.
James and Phoebe Wright
Janice R. Grinston & Dondra J. Grinston
John Supanik
Judith L. Davis & Eugene C. Zollman
Mary Utley
Melissa Westphal Benefiel
Miki and Major General Paul M. Bartholomew, US Army, Retired on their 50th Wedding Anniversary
Norman & Diane Egilske
Odom Family
Patricia A. Parkman
Paul and Connie Knauff
Thomas F. Mulhern
VFW 2511 Ladies Auxiliary
VFW 2536 Ladies Auxiliary
VFW Men’s Auxiliary #2536

As of 7/9/12


Aim Water Treatment, LaPorte
Albano’s Villa
Allstate – Paula Wagner
American Licorice
Batteries Plus of Valparaiso
Beacher Business Printers
Best Western plus La Porte Hotel and Conference Center
Bob and Sandy Segally
Boy-Conn Printers Inc.
Burns Rent-All
Chuck’s Bakery
Coastal Valley Water Company
Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Valparaiso
Current Electric
Dawn Collins, Century 21 Executive Reality
Digital Graphic Solutions
Dunkin Donuts, Michigan City
Family Express Corporation
Faturos Media
Garwood Orchards and Farm Market
Glenn Haven Management – McDonalds of LaPorte County
Gordon Food Service
Hawkins Print Shop
Home Mountain Printing
Indiana Toll Road
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 531
IU Health LaPorte
Jamil Packaging Corporation
Johnson Johns & Septic Service
Kabelin Ace Hardware
Koselke-Mayfield American Legion Auxiliary Unit #403
Ladies of Sacred Heart
Lakeshore Landscaping, Inc.
Lamar Advertising
LaPorte County Emergency Management
LaPorte Service League
MCTD Incorporated
Michigan City Area Schools
Midwest Family Credit Union
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Segally
Nash Finch
Norman Egilske
Northwest Indiana District Council of Carpenters Training Program
Olga’s Place
Pines Village Retirement Communities
Porter County Fair
Porter County Sheriff’s Department
Post Tribune
Purdue University North Central
Reprographic Arts, Inc.
Rittenhouse Senior Living of Portage
Santo Sport Store
Sauers Buick Pontiac
Senior Life
South Central Football Team
TCB Manufacturing
The Mullet Family
The News Dispatch
Tom Hart
Tonn and Blank Construction Company
Total Experience Valparaiso
US Foods
Walsh and Kelly, Inc.
Wana Pizza
Winn Machine
WiseWay Super Center

As of 7/9/12