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Train Tour For Veterans’ Causes Is Canceled

October 27, 1987

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Plans were called off Monday for a cross-country train tour and a series of musical shows promoting the search for missing U.S. soldiers in Southeast Asia, organizers said.

″We were just not able to get the funding we needed to make it go in the manner that we should, so we decided to cancel it,″ said Eugene ″Red″ McDaniel, a former POW and president of a Washington, D.C., lobbying group called The American Defense Foundation.

The concerts had been planned for Memphis; Nashville, Tenn.; Atlanta; Montgomery, Ala.; Louisville, Ky.; Cincinnati; Pittsburgh; Baltimore and Washington.

Plans for ″The Liberty Express Tour″ were announced Oct. 9 in Memphis, where a similar project billed as the ″Johnny Cash Freedom Train″ was proposed last May.

The earlier project, announced by Cash and retired Gen. William Westmoreland, former commander of U.S. troops in Vietnam, also failed to materialize because of a lack of sponsors.

When plans for the Liberty Express were announced, promoter Gloria Sykes said organizers expected to raise as much as $700,000 for veterans’ causes from concert tickets and corporate financing.

″But people weren’t putting up big bucks,″ she said.

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