VVMF accepting applications to host The Wall That Heals in 2018

VVMF Accepting Applications to host The Wall That Heals in 2018

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica Wall and Mobile Education Center spreads the healing legacy of The Wall and educates about the impact of the Vietnam War

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is now accepting applications for communities to host The Wall That Heals mobile exhibit in 2018. The Wall That Heals includes a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and a mobile Education Center. 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 more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

“The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of the most visited memorials in our nation’s capital but not all Americans are able to visit Washington, D.C. to see it. Taking our half-scale replica, The Wall That Heals, on the road gives thousands more veterans and their family members an opportunity to see The Wall and honor those who have served and sacrificed so much,” said Jim Knotts, president and CEO of VVMF. “It helps veterans from all of America’s conflicts to find healing and a powerful connection through their common military experiences.”

Hosting The Wall That Heals provides a community with a multi-day event that includes the opportunity to provide an educational experience for local schools and organizations on the history of the Vietnam era and The Wall. The exhibit includes The Wall and the mobile Education Center comprised of:  digital displays of photos of service members whose names are on The Wall; letters and memorabilia representative of items left­ at The Wall in D.C.; a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the Vietnam War. The exhibits tell the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the era surrounding the conflict, and are designed to put American experiences in Vietnam in a historical and cultural context.

VVMF coordinates local stops of The Wall That Heals and the accompanying mobile Education Center and will visit 25 states in 2017. On display 24 hours a day it gives all members of the community an opportunity to visit The Wall.   Veterans service organizations, local governments and other civic organizations are encouraged to apply to display The Wall That Heals in their hometown.  Applications to host The Wall That Heals are now being accepted for the 2018 tour at: www.vvmf.org/twth-request-2018.

The Wall That Heals will be on the road into December this year and we invite you to visit the exhibit when on display in a community near you. More information, including the 2017 tour schedule, can be found at:  www.thewallthatheals.org.  The 2017 national The Wall That Heals tour is hauled through a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and generously sponsored by:  USAA, PBS, and GEICO.

Since its debut in 1996, the exhibit has been on display in nearly 500 U.S. communities in addition to an April 1999 tour of the Four Provinces of Ireland and a visit to Canada in 2005. More than 200,000 people visited The Wall That Heals in 2016.

About VVMF

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 is dedicated to honoring and preserving the legacy of service in America and educating all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era through programs, ceremonies and education materials. To learn more about VVMF and the future Education Center at The Wall, visit www.vvmf.org or call 202-393-0090.

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