Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Replica and Mobile Education Center spreads the healing legacy of the wall and educates about the impact of the Vietnam War
The healing walla three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with a mobile education center, arrives in Methuen, MA September 27-October 2, 2022, at PFC Richard E. Potter Field on Pelham St. and will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public starting Wednesday, September 28 at 2:00 p.m. and ending Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 p.m. The healing wall pays tribute to the more than three million Americans who served in the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and bears the names of the 58,281 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
“We are honored to welcome The healing wall here in Methuen. Not only The healing wall to honor those who served in Southeast Asia during the war, but also to symbolize our respect for all Methuen veterans who served in uniform while providing residents from all walks of life, especially our youth, the opportunity to see this truly inspiring exhibit in person,” said Neil Perry, Mayor of Methuen.
“The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is pleased to provide The healing wall mobile exhibit in Methuen to allow local veterans and family members to experience the wall,” said Jim Knotts, President and CEO of VVMF. “Accommodation The healing wall provides an opportunity to honor and remember all those who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War and to educate visitors about the Vietnam War’s ongoing impact on America.
“Nothing is more important to VVMF than the health and well-being of our Vietnam Veterans and their families. We will work closely with the host to provide the best experience for visitors while keeping in mind the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors,” Knotts said.
The healing wall is transported from community to community in a 53-foot trailer. When parked, the trailer opens with exhibits built into its sides, allowing it to serve as a mobile education center telling the story of the Vietnam War, the Wall and the Dividing era of American history.
The three-quarter scale replica of the wall is 375 feet long and stands 7.5 feet tall at its tallest point. Visitors will see the wall rising above them as they walk to the top, a key design feature of the wall in DC Visitors can smear names of individual service members on the wall.
Mobile Education Center exhibit includes: digital photo exhibits of ‘hometown heroes’ – service members whose names are on the wall who list their homes of record in the area of a visit ; digital photo exhibits of local Vietnam veterans honored by VVMF In memory program that honors veterans who returned from Vietnam and later died as a result of their service; video presentations that provide information on the history and impact of the Wall; educational exhibits told through objects representative of those left on the wall at DC; a replica of In memory plate; 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 times surrounding the conflict, and are designed to put American experiences in Vietnam into historical and cultural context.
“A big part of our success in bringing this great exhibit to Methuen will be the participation of volunteers from across the community,” added Paul Jensen, director of Veterans Services for Methuen. “We will need volunteers to erect and dismantle the wall as well as to manage it 24 hours a day during its stay. We will be soliciting volunteers later as the date approaches, but at this time we are looking for a Volunteer Coordinator and Promotions Coordinator. If you have experience in any of these areas or would like to be part of the organizing committee, please contact me at City Hall.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is the non-profit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C. in 1982. The VVMF continues to lead the way in honoring Vietnam veterans from our country and their families. VVMF’s mission is to honor and preserve America’s legacy of service and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and the era through programs, ceremonies, and educational materials. . To learn more about VVMF, visit www.vvmf.org or call 202-393-0090.