THE WALL THAT HEALS
The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the US 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.
On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) unveiled a half-scale 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 visited more than 400 cities and towns 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.
ABOUT THE WALL THAT HEALS
Bringing The Wall to communities across the country spreads its healing legacy to millions. See the impact it has on veterans, loved ones, and younger generations and what it means to honor the more than 58,000 who fell in the Vietnam War.
THE WALL’S VISIT TO JACKSONVILLE
Thursday, April 13 at 0900
1410 Gator Bowl Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Agencies were on hand with information and support for visitors to The Wall That Heals. The booths were open:
- Wednesday, April 12 1600-2000
- Thursday, April 13 0900-1700
- Friday, April 14 0900-1700
- Saturday, April 15 0900-1700
- Sunday, April 16 0900-1600
- City of Jacksonville Office of Military Affaris and Veteran Services
- Marine Corps League Jacksonville Detachment 059
- Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1046
- WJCT – Information about Stories of Service and The Vietnam War by Ken Burns, coming to PBS in September 2017.
- Community Hospice – Veterans have your oral histories recorded.
- Jacksonville Veterans Center Mobile Outreach Van
- Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 1
THE WALL REPLICA
The Wall That Heals exhibition features a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.. It is approximately 250 feet in length, and like the original Memorial, is erected in a chevron-shape. The replica is constructed of powder-coated aluminum, supported by an aluminum frame, and is made up of 24 individual panels.
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 MOBILE EDUCATION CENTER
The exterior sides of the trailer that carries The Wall That Heals open to become a mobile Education Center. Information cases display photos of service members whose names are found on The Wall, along with letters and memorabilia left at The Wall in D.C.. The Museum also includes a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the conflict in Vietnam.
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.
THE WALL OF FACES
In an effort to further preserve the legacy of those who sacrificed all in Vietnam, VVMF is committed to finding a photo to go with each of the more than 58,000 names on The Wall. The Wall of Faces allows family and friends to share memories, post pictures and connect with each other. Collected pictures will be used in the Education Center at The Wall and can also be found on The Wall of Faces.
You can bring your photo to The Wall That Heals at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, FL where it will be scanned and added to The Wall of Faces or submit online. Find out how to submit a photo online.