Verde Valley News – The healing walla three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with a mobile education center, arrives in Payson, AZ, August 25-28, 2022 at Rumsey Park South Multi-Purpose Field, 400 N. McLane Rd. , and will be open 24 hours a day, closing on Sundays at 2 p.m., and is free to the public. 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 welcome people from all over Arizona, with a special invitation to our diverse Native American populations to experience The healing wall in Payson,” said Eric Randau, coordinator of the committee bringing together The healing wall in Payson. He also invites the families of Vietnam veterans to honor those who died after the war to honor their loved ones by addressing the Program in memory. More information can be found on our website at thewallthatthealspayson.com.
“The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is pleased to provide The healing wall mobile exhibit in Payson 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 who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War and to educate visitors about the Vietnam War’s ongoing impact on America.
VVMF will work closely with each community to maintain and exceed the health and safety standards established by the appropriate federal, state and local authorities.
“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 at The Wall in DC; a replica of In memory plaque; 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.
National 2022 The healing wall The tour is generously sponsored by the USAA. Through a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), the trucking industry and Blue Beacon, the exhibit can travel across the country. Local sponsors are Deborah Rose Realty One Group, Razor Thin Media, Pizza Factory, Payson Elks Club, Chapman Auto, Town of Payson, Edward Jones, Berkshire Hathaway, Banner Heath Medical Center, KRIM Radio, Paul’s Ace Hardware, the Jackman Family and Messenger. Mortuary. For more information about supporting The Wall That Heals visit, to volunteer, schedule a visit for your community group, or other information, please visit the committee’s website at thewallthathealspayson.com.
Since its debut in 1996, the exhibition has been shown in nearly 700 American communities in addition to a tour in April 1999 of the four provinces of Ireland and a visit to Canada in 2005. The healing wall is a program of VVMF, the non-profit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC in 1982. The healing wall is the only traveling exhibit affiliated with The Wall in Washington, D.C. and features the largest replica of the Wall to travel the country. Two VVMF staff members lead on-site volunteers, educate visitors and students, and provide the reflective atmosphere of the Wall. More information can be found at: www.thewallthatheals.org.
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