The Wall That Heals, half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C., has made its first-ever visit to West Point Military Academy. The Wall opened on Thursday, Oct. 22 and will remain on display through Sunday, Oct. 25. Its visit comes as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
An opening ceremony took place on Thursday and speakers included the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, Jr. He remarked upon those who fell during the Vietnam War and the countless contributions and sacrifices of the millions of Americans who have served our nation. There was also a performance by the Cadet Glee Club.
“We could not be happier that The Wall That Heals is at West Point,” said Jim Knotts, president and CEO of VVMF. “It is remarkable to see younger generations take the time to honor veterans of previous eras.”
The Wall That Heals includes a 250-foot replica of the original memorial in Washington, D.C. and a mobile education center. It travels to communities throughout the United States to spread The Wall's healing legacy to hundreds of thousands. These visitors include veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of facing The Wall, those veterans’ caretakers, loved ones of those who served, students, and community members.
The exhibit is free and open to the general public. It is located on Trophy Point, in the area just behind the Sedgwick statue.
For a schedule of events and hours of visitation, click here.