The Wall That Heals: A Vietnam Memorial

Reported by Lynda Figueredo - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Thursday morning the Wilmington Police Pipes and Drums took part in the opening ceremony for The Wall That Heals.

The exhibit is criss-crossing across the United States, and thanks to Wilmington Chapter 11, DAV, it will made a stop in Wilmington this week.

The half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was first unveiled on Veteran's Day in 1996.  The memorial also features a traveling museum and information center.

The traveling exhibit allows thousands of veterans to find the strength and courage to face the wall within their own communities, helping with the healing process.

"The Wall That Heals gives people who can't visit Washington, D.C., the opportunity to visit The Wall and pay tribute to loved ones named there," said Jan Scruggs, founder and president of the Memorial Fund in a statement. "These new exhibits will help visitors put faces to the names they see on the Wall replica, and it will show everyone what we plan to do in The Education Center when it is built."

Over the years, The Wall That Heals has visited more than 300 cities and towns across the nation.  The exhibit made an international journey in 1999 to the Four Provinces of Ireland in addition to traveling to Canada.

The wall was escorted into Wilmington Tuesday afternoon by Wilmington Chapter 11 motorcycle group, the Brothers in Arms, the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, and the Wilmington Police Department.

The Wall That Heals will be on public display at the Ogden Park Football Field throughout the weekend and will be dismantled the morning of June 15.

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