Replica of Vietnam Memorial in D.C. coming to county airport Aug. 23-26

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The Livingston County Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans & Auxiliary Chapter 125 is hosting and presenting “The Wall That Heals,” a scalable Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica and Education Center.

The display will be at Livingston County Spencer J. Hardy Airport, 3480 W. Grand River Ave. in Howell. Public viewing of the wall is set for Aug. 23-26, and it will be open 24 hours a day.

This traveling exhibit honors the more than 3 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 made the ultimate sacrifice.

ABOUT THE WALL THAT HEALS

The new Wall That Heals exhibit features a 3/4-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. and mobile Education Center that gives visitors a better understanding of the legacy of The Wall and educates about the impact of the Vietnam War.

THE MOBILE EDUCATION CENTER

The 53-foot trailer that carries The Wall That Heals transforms to become a mobile Education Center, The exterior of the trailer features a timeline of “The War and The Wall” and provides additional information about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washing, D.C. Additional exhibits give visitors a better understanding of the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the collection of items left at The Wall.

Displays include:

  • Hometown Heroes – Photos of service members on The Wall who list their home of record from the local area. The photos are part of the effort to put a face to every name on The Wall and for the Wall of Faces.
  • Map of Vietnam
  • In Memory Honor Roll – Photos of local Vietnam veterans honored through VVMF’s In Memory program which honors veterans who returned home and later died of Vietnam-related illnesses.
  • A display of items representative of those left at The Wall in Washington, D.C. in remembrance of those on The Wall.
  • Digital kiosk allows visitors to search for names using VVMF’s Wall of Faces.
  • Two paper directories allow for names to be found alphabetically.
  • The Gold Star Bike – Donated to VVMF by the American Gold Star Mothers in 2012, the bike is a Softail Custom Harley that pays tribute to the mothers who lost sons to the Vietnam War.

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