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Datebook: March 26 - Vietnam Veterans Memorial Groundbreaking 30 Years Ago

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. honors U.S. service members who fought in the Vietnam War, members who died in service in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, and members unaccounted for during the War. The design by American artist Maya Lin was approved on March 11, 1982, and ground was formally broken several days later on March 26. The memorial lies adjacent to the National Mall, northeast of the Lincoln Memorial. Three million visitors each year view the 58,195 names etched into the long black wall. In 2007, it was ranked tenth on the "List of America's Favorite Architecture" by the American Institute of Architects.

It’s Monday, March 26

Bass-baritone Christopher Mitchell will present a faculty recital tomorrow night in the Performing Arts Hall on the campus of Murray State University.  Pianist Angela Wu will accompany.  The free recital begins at 7:30.  For more information, call the Department of Music at 809-4288.

The American Red Cross holds a blood drive at Lowes Elementary School in Graves County tomorrow from 1 PM to 6 PM.  Donors must be healthy, at least seventeen years old, and at least 110 pounds. 

Western Baptist Hospital will host its first Spokes for Stroke bike tour on Saturday, June 2.  The event will raise stroke awareness, as well as funds for life-saving technologies.  The bike tour offers 15, 35, or 60 mile rides.  Advance registration is $45 for an individual or $75 for a family of four.  Register online at  For more information, call 575-2895.

Find details about these and other community events online at  Thanks for listening.

Kala Dunn is a native of Princeton, Ky. She’s a 2006 graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy with a concentration in flute performance and a 2010 graduate of Murray State University with a B.M. in piano performance. She lives in Hamlin, Ky.
Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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