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Posted on: February 9, 2018

The Wall That Heals is coming to Portland, March 1-4

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C.The Wall That Heals, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile education center, is coming to Portland on March 1-4, 2018, on the grounds of the Portland Community Center, 2000 Billy G. Webb Dr. The exhibit will be open 24 hours a day and is free to the public. The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. armed forces in the Vietnam War, and bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who died in Vietnam.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of the most visited memorials in our nation’s capital, with more than 5.3 million visitors each year. However, many Americans have not been able to visit what has become known to many as “The Wall.” The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), the organization that built The Wall in 1982, wants to give veterans and their families across America an opportunity to see the Memorial.

 “VVMF is pleased to bring The Wall That Heals mobile exhibit to Portland to allow local veterans and their families a chance to visit The Wall, and honor and remember those who have served and sacrificed,” said Jim Knotts, president and CEO of VVMF. “We hope it provides an opportunity for healing and an educational experience for the whole community about the impact of the Vietnam War on America.”

More than 250,000 people visited The Wall That Heals in 2016. Since its debut in 1996, the exhibit has been on display in nearly 500 U.S. communities, in addition to tour in both Ireland and Canada.  Hosting The Wall That Heals provides a community with a multi-day experience that includes an educational experience for local schools and organizations on the history of the Vietnam era and The Wall. The exhibit includes The Wall replica and a mobile education center comprised of: digital photo displays 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. The current schedule and more information can be found at TheWallThatHeals.org. The 2018 national The Wall That Heals tour is transported through a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and the trucking industry, and generously sponsored by USAA.

About the scale replica

The replica wall is displayed like the original memorial erected in a chevron-shape. The Wall That Heals is constructed of powder-coated aluminum, supported by an aluminum frame and made up of 24 individual panels, each containing six columns of names.

The names on The Wall That Heals replicate the names on The Wall in Washington, D.C. As on The Wall, the names are listed alphabetically 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. Thus, the beginning and ending of the conflict are joined at the center, signifying an epoch in American history.

The Wall That Heals is transported from community to community by a trailer with cases built into its sides, allowing it to serve as a mobile education center that tells the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall, and the divisive era in American history.            

About VVMF and the Education Center at The Wall

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 its era through programs, ceremonies, and education materials.

Three decades after building The Wall, the mission continues as VVMF raises funds to build the education center at The Wall. The Center will be an interactive learning facility on the National Mall where our military heroes' stories and sacrifices will never be forgotten. The Education Center will feature the faces and stories of the more than 58,000 men and women on The Wall and honor America's legacy of service, including those serving in our nation's armed forces today. Time Warner is the lead gift benefactor in the campaign to build the Education Center at The Wall. To learn more about VVMF and the future Education Center at The Wall, visit vvmf.org.

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