The Wall That Heals
September 24-27, 2009
Aviation Heritage Park
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the most visited memorial in Washington D.C. Of the more than 3 million Americans who served with the U. S. Armed Forces in the Vietnam War, the 250 feet of black granite walls bear the names of more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund unveiled a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. The replica, 250 feet in length, travels across America and, symbolically, allows those heroes enshrined on the Memorial in Washington to return to the places they called home. This traveling Exhibition is known as The Wall That Heals.
The Wall is transported by truck and is brought to communities by two site managers who direct the assembly and remain on-site for the duration of the visit.
Aviation Heritage Park in Bowling Green has made arrangements for The Wall That Heals to be on display at Basil Griffin Park September 24 – September 27 of 2009. The Wall and a 53-foot mobile museum will be open for visitation 24 hours a day during the scheduled four days in September.
“Bringing The Wall Home” to communities throughout our country allows the souls enshrined on the Memorial to exist, once more, among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings. The traveling exhibit, known as The Wall That Heals, allows the many thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of “facing The Wall” to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin.
The Wall That Heals also features a Traveling Museum and Information Center providing a comprehensive educational component to enrich and complete visitors’ experiences. The Museum chronicles the Vietnam War era and the unique healing power of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, while the Information Center serves as a venue for people to learn about friends and loved ones lost in the war.
Since its dedication, The Wall That Heals has visited more than 300 cities and towns throughout the nation, spreading the Memorial’s healing legacy to millions. In addition to its U.S. tour stops, the exhibition made its first-ever international journey in April 1999 to the Four Provinces of Ireland to honor the Irish-born casualties of the Vietnam War and the Irish-Americans who served. It has also traveled to Canada.