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“We’re going to double the Susanville population for three days in a row,” Cornelison said. “We’re expecting anywhere from 40,000-50,000 people to come through Susanville on these three days.”
Cornelison said this traveling wall is one of three that travel around the country, with this one being the biggest. He said this wall is approximately 80 percent the size of the real wall in Washington, D.C.
Cornelison said this wall is the hardest one to book, and is more than 380 feet long.
Cornelison said he saw the wall before, when he was working as a pastor in Grass Valley, where he organized bringing the same wall to town.
When the wall does come to Susanville, Cornelison said the local tribes would be sponsoring a Native American Veterans Tribute Memorial held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 8. Tribes from all over Northern California and Northern Nevada are expected to come for what Cornelison and Dixon said will be a very special memorial.
“There’s more Native Americans listed on the wall than any other minority group in America,” Cornelison said. “I don’t have the exact figure, but I believe it’s well over 200.”
Dixon and Cornelison have also arranged for the casino to provide some extra parking for the event, which Dixon explained wouldn’t be a problem. Cornelison said the tribe planned to provide busing services to and from the casino parking lot, as both men anticipated the parking to be a huge concern.
Dixon said however, that it wouldn’t be a problem, since everyone is looking forward to the event.
“The Tribal Business Council is a huge supporter of this event,” Dixon said. “It’s an honor for us to contribute to this cause.”
Cornelison said this a community event, with many people helping, including businesses, churches, Native American groups and individuals. He said this a great event that will bring the community together.
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