On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) unveiled a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. Since its dedication, The Wall That Heals has been displayed at nearly 700 communities throughout the nation, spreading the Memorial’s healing legacy to millions.
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 provides 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 main components of The Wall That Heals are The Wall replica and the mobile Education Center.
The Wall That Heals exhibit was on the road for nearly 18,000 miles and visited 32 communities across the country during its 2023 season. We were escorted by nearly 3,000 vehicles into those communities, and we were able to spread The Wall’s healing legacy to more than 222,000 visitors. Guided tours of the exhibit were provided to more than 21,000 visitors.
The Wall That Heals exhibit features a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The replica is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. Visitors experience The Wall rising above them as they walk towards the apex, a key feature of the design of The Wall in D.C.
Like the original Memorial, The Wall That Heals is erected in a chevron-shape and visitors can do name rubbings of individual service member’s names on The Wall. The replica is constructed of Avonite, a synthetic granite, and its 140 numbered panels are supported by an aluminum frame. Machine engraving of the more than 58,000 names along with modern LED lighting provide readability of The Wall day and night.
As on The Wall, the names on The Wall That Heals are listed by day of casualty. Beginning at the center/apex, the names start on the East Wall (right-hand side) working their way out to the end of that wing, picking up again at the far end of the West Wall (left-hand side) and working their way back in to the center/apex, joining the beginning and end of the conflict at the center.
The 53-foot trailer that carries The Wall That Heals transforms to become a mobile Education Center. The exterior of the trailer features a timeline of “The War and The Wall” and provides additional information about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Additional exhibits give visitors a better understanding of the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the collection of items left at The Wall.
Hometown Heroes – Photos of service members on The Wall who list their home of record from the local area. The photos are part of The Wall of Faces, an effort to put a face to every name inscribed on The Wall in Washington, D.C.
In Memory Honor Roll – Photos of local Vietnam veterans honored through VVMF’s In Memory program, which honors veterans who returned home and later died. Digital photos are of In Memory honorees from the state where the exhibit is on display.
A replica of the In Memory plaque that resides on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site in Washington, D.C. and reads: “In Memory of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War and later died as a result of their service. We honor and remember their sacrifice.”
Items Left Behind – Displays of items representative of those left at The Wall in Washington, D.C. in remembrance of those on The Wall. Watch below as VVMF’s Education Director, Callie Wright, speaks with students about a care package that is part of the exhibit. Learn about the items on display with The Wall That Heals exhibit by clicking here.
- Map of Vietnam
- Timeline of the War and The Wall
- The Gold Star Bike – Donated to VVMF by the American Gold Star Mothers in 2012, the bike is a Softail Custom Harley that pays tribute to the mothers who lost sons to the Vietnam War.
The Wall That Heals Tour shirts for the 2024 Tour will be available to order during the following time frames:
- February 15 – March 14
- April 15 – May 13
- July 1 – July 29
- September 3 – 24
- October 29 – November 19 (Final sale of 2024)
You can now order your 2024 Tour shirts here: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/twth-2024-tour-1
A couple of important notes:
- Each shirt sale fundraising campaign will have set dates open for ordering shirts, beginning on the opening date and orders will be collected until the closing date. Shirt orders will be printed after the campaign closes.
- All shirts will be shipped out at one time after the sale closing date with an estimated shipping date of approximately two to three weeks after the closing date of the sale.
- No shirts will be sold at The Wall That Heals sites. You must purchase your shirt as part of this fundraising campaign.
- All proceeds from the shirts benefit VVMF’s programs like The Wall That Heals.
All shirts will be printed and shipped directly to you after the campaign closes. Please check the email provided during your order for shipping updates from Custom Ink. If you do not receive your order or shipping confirmation after 3 weeks of the close of the sale, please contact Custom Ink’s customer service at 1-800-293-4232.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) has announced The Wall That Heals national tour schedule for 2024. The Wall That Heals exhibit includes a three- quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile Education Center. The 29th season of The Wall That Heals will begin on January 24, 2024, in Hilo, Hawaii and visit 33 communities during the year. The traveling exhibit 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 58,281 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
|The Wall That Heals Hawaii County Committee
|Maui County Veterans Council
|Baldwin Park, CA
|The Wall That Heals – Baldwin Park, CA
|El Cajon, CA
|The Wall That Heals El Cajon
|Rotary Club of Merced Sunrise
|The Wall That Heals 2024 – City of Gardena
|Frisco VFW Post 8273
|Veterans Memorial Group of Baldwin County
|City of Waynesville The Wall That Heals Committee
|West Dundee, IL
|True Patriots Care & American Legion Post 679
|The Wall That Heals – Hartland, WI Community
|Logan County Honor Group
|Randolph County Veteran Services
|Schenectady County Veterans Peer to Peer Program
|Braintree / Quincy Veteran Services
|The Wall That Heals Biddeford, Maine 2024
|The Wall That Heals Ft. Devens, MA
|Penn Yan, NY
|The Wall That Heals Yates County
|The Wall That Heals Comes to Morgan County
|VFW Post 906 & McLeod County Veterans Park
|Southwest Montana – The Wall That Heals 2024
|The Wall That Heals Delaware County
|The Wall That Heals-Manchester Elks 1893
|Honoring Our Vietnam Veterans
|Dorchester Heritage Center – The Wall That Heals
|The Wall That Heals – Hinesville, GA
|Lumpkin County Veteran Affairs Committee
|Pickens County Veterans Affairs
|Panama City, FL
|Bay County Veterans Council