Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica teaches about the war
The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile education center, is coming to Lake Pleasant, March 14-17.
Free to the public, the exhibit will be open 24 hours a day, with a special honoring ceremony 10 a.m., Saturday, March 16.
Tours and groups, including area schools are welcome and encouraged to attend.
The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
The replica is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of the most visited memorials in our nation’s capital, with more than 5.3 million visitors each year. However, many Americans have not been able to visit what has become known to many as the wall.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the organization that built the wall in 1982, wants to give all veterans and their family members across America an opportunity to see the memorial.
Jim Knotts, president and CEO of VVMF, stated in a news release VMF is pleased to bring the Wall That Heals mobile exhibit to Peoria to allow local veterans and their family members a chance to visit the wall and honor and remember those who have served and sacrificed.
“We hope it provides an opportunity for healing and an educational experience for the whole community on the impact of the Vietnam War on America.”
Nearly 400,000 people visited an all-new Wall That Heals exhibit in 2018. Since its debut in 1996, the exhibit has been on display in more than 500 U.S. communities in addition to an April 1999 tour of the Four Provinces of Ireland and a visit to Canada in 2005. Hosting The Wall That Heals provides a community with a multi-day experience that includes an educational experience for local schools and organizations on the history of the Vietnam era and The Wall.
VVMF coordinates local stops of the Wall That Heals and the accompanying mobile education center. The current schedule and more information can be found at thewallthatheals.org. The 2019 national Wall That Heals tour is hauled through a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association and the trucking industry. The event is sponsored by USAA.
To inquire about sponsorship, to volunteer or for additional information about this event, call the Pleasant Harbor event line at 623-203-5173 or 928-501-LAKE (5253), or pleasantharbor.com.
If you go
What: The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile education center
When: Open 24 hours a day, March 14-17, with a special honoring ceremony 10 a.m., Saturday, March 16.
Where: Pleasant Harbor at Lake Pleasant
Cost: Free to the public
Details: 623-203-5173 or 928-501-LAKE (5253), or pleasantharbor.com.
Like the original Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Wall That Heals is erected in a chevron-shape and visitors are able to do name rubbings of individual service member’s names on the wall. The names are listed in order of date of casualty and alphabetically on each day.
Beginning at the center/apex, the names start on the east wall (right-hand side) working their way out to the end of that wing, picking up again at the far end of the west wall (left-hand side) and working their way back in to the center/apex. The first and last casualties are side-by-side at the apex of the memorial.
The replica is constructed of Avonite, a synthetic granite, and its 144 individual panels are supported by an aluminum frame. Modern LED lighting from the top of the wall provides readability at night.