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The Wall That Heals Is Coming to Garland

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Audubon Park

The Wall That Heals,
a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along
with a mobile Education Center, is coming to Garland
Thursday, Feb. 27,
through Sunday, March 1
. The exhibit will be on display at Audubon Park,
342 W. Oates Road,
and will be open 24 hours, free to
the public
. The City of Garland and Visit Garland are leading the effort
that will bring the exhibit to the metroplex.
The Wall That Heals
honors the more than 3 million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed
forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the 58,276 men and
women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

“The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is pleased to bring The Wall That Heals
mobile exhibit to Garland to allow local veterans and their family
members a chance to experience The Wall and honor and remember those who
have served and sacrificed,” said Jim Knotts, president and CEO of
VVMF. “Hosting
The Wall That Heals provides an opportunity for healing and an educational experience for visitors on the impact of the Vietnam War on America.”

“We are honored to be given the privilege of hosting The Wall That Heals and
to have the opportunity to learn more about that part of our nation’s
history,” said Garland Mayor Scott LeMay. “We look forward hosting
visitors from all over the region as they remember those who died in
Vietnam, and honor those who came home.”

Community support is needed to bring The Wall That Heals
to Garland. More than 100 volunteers will be needed to set up and take
down the replica Wall, staff the exhibit and guide visitors 24 hours a
day. Financial and in-kind donations are also needed to help support
this community event. To learn more about how you can help the effort,
link ( http://link ).

School and youth groups are encouraged to visit The Wall That Heals. Trained
staff from VVMF will be on site to provide free educational tours of
the exhibits. Tours can be customized based on ages so visitors can
learn about the history of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, hear stories
of those who served in Vietnam and learn about the impact of the Vietnam
War on America.

About The Wall That Heals

The Wall That Heals
is transported from community to community in a 53-foot trailer. When
parked, the trailer opens with exhibits built into its sides, allowing
it to serve as a mobile Education Center telling the story of the
Vietnam War, The Wall and the divisive era in American history.

three-quarter scale Wall replica is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5
feet high at its tallest point. Visitors will experience The Wall rising
above them as they walk towards the apex, a key feature of the design
of The Wall in D.C. Visitors are able to do name rubbings of individual
service member’s names on The Wall.

The mobile Education Center
displays includes digital photo displays of “Hometown Heroes” - service
members whose names are on The Wall that list their home of record
within the area of a visit and the “In Memory Honor Roll” - Vietnam
veterans from the local area honored through VVMF’s
In Memory
program which honors veterans who returned home from Vietnam and later
died as a result of their service. A display of items representative of
those left­ at The Wall in D.C. tell the story of the Vietnam War, The
Wall and the era surrounding the conflict.

The 2020 national The Wall That Heals
tour is generously sponsored by USAA and transported thousands of miles
across the country each year through a partnership with the Truckload
Carriers Association and the trucking industry.

More than 300,000 people visited The Wall That Heals
in 2019. Since its debut in 1996, the exhibit has been on display in
nearly 600 U.S. communities in addition to an April 1999 tour of the
Four Provinces of Ireland and a visit to Canada in 2005.
The Wall That Heals is a program of VVMF, the nonprofit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 1982. The Wall That Heals
is the only traveling exhibit affiliated with The Wall in Washington,
D.C. and includes the largest Wall replica that travels the country. Two
VVMF staff members lead volunteers on site, educate visitors and
students, and ensure the reflective atmosphere of The Wall. More
information can be found at
link ( link:// ).

About VVMF

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is the nonprofit organization
that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C.,
in 1982. VVMF continues to lead the way in paying tribute to our
nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families. VVMF’s mission is to honor
and preserve the legacy of service in America and educate all
generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era through
programs, ceremonies and education materials. To learn more about VVMF,
link ( link:// ) or call 202-393-0090.

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