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Vietnam Moving Wall Visits Madera County

MADERA COUNTY – This week the Madera County Courthouse Park hosts the Vietnam Moving Wall, Thursday through Monday, Oct. 16 – 20.

On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) unveiled a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., this one designed to travel to communities throughout the United States.

Since its dedication, The Wall That Heals has visited more than 350 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,” says the VVMF. “The traveling exhibit, known as The Wall That Heals, allows the many 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 Wall That Heals Traveling Wall

On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund 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 350 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, known as The Wall That Heals, allows the many 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.

– See more at: http://www.vvmf.org/twth#sthash.Pp4iD74I.dpuf

The Wall 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, each containing six columns of names. The panels join together to form a nearly 250 foot wide structure.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, October 16
Wall arrives in Madera escorted by American Legion Riders

Thursday thru Monday, October 16 – 20
Wall open to the public 24 hours daily. Visitors welcome!

Saturday, October 18
Official Welcoming Ceremony

Monday, October 20
Closing

The Vietnam Moving Wall’s visit to Madera County is made possible by Madera County Supervisor Rick Farinelli and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1981. The wall will be open to the public 24 hours daily.

For additional information or volunteer and/or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Robert Jeffers at 559-662-6030 or email district3@madera-county.com.

Information on The Wall reprinted from http://www.vvmf.org/twth

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