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The Wall That Heals

During your travels this summer and fall, see if you're near one of the locations that is on The Wall That Heals traveling schedule. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is by far the most popular memorial on the mall in Washington D.C. It is open 24 hours a day and an estimated 5.8 million visitors come to the site every year. However, getting to Washington D.C. is not possible for everyone and so there are at least two organizations that bring the Wall to you. One is a program of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and is designated as the Vietnam Veterans Replica and Mobile Education Center.

The Wall That Heals

Vietnam traveling memorial wall in Georgia, 2013. Photo by Michael Rivera.

According to their website, "The Wall That Heals exhibit features a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The replica is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. Visitors experience The Wall rising above them as they walk towards the apex, a key feature of the design of The Wall in D.C.

"Like the original Memorial, The Wall That Heals is erected in a chevron-shape and visitors can do name rubbings of individual service member's names on The Wall. The replica is constructed of Avonite, a synthetic granite, and its 140 numbered panels are supported by an aluminum frame. Machine engraving of the more than 58,000 names along with modern LED lighting provide readability of The Wall day and night.

"As on The Wall, the names on The Wall That Heals are listed by day of casualty. 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, joining the beginning and end of the conflict at the center.

"The trailer that transports the wall turns into an education center as well so people not only get to see the wall but learn about the Vietnam conflict and why the Wall is so important."

The schedule for the Wall can be found at

Also be sure and take some time and read the history of the wall at It is a great story of one man's tireless effort to remember his comrades and make our nation come to terms and heal. For all of our readers who are too young to remember the conflict, it is a great history lesson. Read the history of the Wall and then suggest to a local member of your VFW or American Legion that your high school or college work together to bring the Wall to your community. You can also learn more through this YouTube video.

Another organization called The Moving Wall has a half-size replica of the wall which also visits communities across the country. They also look for communities to sponsor them. They are making several stops over the next few months. Visit their website to find more.

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