CLINTON TOWNSHIP – The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile Education Center, will now be coming to Clinton Township from September 10 to September 13, 2020. Originally scheduled from July 16 to July 19, the display’s visit to Clinton Township has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The unpredictable factors surrounding COVID-19 will not allow us to host the exhibit at this time, said Township Supervisor Bob Cannon. “I’m hopeful that by the middle of September, things will improve, and area residents can experience The Wall as we did in 2010 and 2015,” he said.
“The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is looking forward to returning to Clinton Township with The Wall That Heals mobile exhibit,” said VVMF president and CEO Jim Knotts. “The health and safety of our visitors is of the utmost importance. We hope that this postponement will allow more local veterans and their families a chance to experience The Wall,” he said.
Knotts went on the say that the steps VVMF and the host committee are taking to provide the exhibit in the safest manner possible will benefit all those who visit in September. When the exhibit arrives in September, it will be on display on the grounds of the Township Civic Center and will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public.
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 58,276 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
Community support is needed to bring The Wall That Heals to Clinton Township. It takes more than 100 volunteers to set up and take down The Wall, as well as staff and guide visitors 24 hours a day.
Financial and in-kind donations are also needed to help support this community event. As planning stages develop, the Township will list a dedicated phone number and website for residents to apply.
Several sponsors that have already stepped forward to support the event are Plante Moran, Jim Riehl Friendly Automotive, Moran Chevrolet, Medstar Ambulance, Resurrection Cemetery, George Development Group, AEW Engineering, and an individual donation from Bob Cannon.
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. More information about tours will be announced as plans develop.
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.
The 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 can 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 (TCA) and the trucking industry.
More than 300,000 people visited The Wall That Heals exhibit in 2019. Since its debut in 1996, the exhibit has been displayed 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. For more information, go to www.thewallthatheals.org.
The 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, visit www.vvmf.org, or call 202-393-0090.