Vietnam wall replica coming to Southpark Mall in May
By Staff Reports
Mar 4, 2014, 16:21
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Each year, millions of people travel to Washington, D.C., to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which honors the millions who served their country during the Vietnam War. Tens of thousands gave their lives during the many years of conflict and their names are etched into the black granite.
Yet many people haven’t been able to make the journey to our nation’s capital.
But coming in May, a replica of the wall will be coming to Southpark Mall in Colonial Heights to allow area residents to honor the fallen and reflect on the service of the millions of Americans.
“The Wall That Heals” exhibit features a 250-foot replica of the original memorial and travels across America.
The exhibit is coming to the Southpark Mall parking lot between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Regal Cinemas from 9 a.m. May 28 through 9 p.m. June 1. It is open 24 hours a day and there is no charge for admission.
“The Wall That Heals transcends the Vietnam War to help our great nation renew its relationship with veterans of all wars,” said Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. “It helps veterans from all of America’s conflicts to find healing and a powerful connection through their common military experiences.”
Since its inception in 1996, over 2 million people have visited the Memorial Fund’s traveling exhibit. It has made stops in nearly 250 U.S. locales in addition to an April 1999 tour of the Four Provinces of Ireland and a visit to Canada in 2005.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the more than 3 million Americans who served with the U.S. Armed Forces in the Vietnam War. It is the most visited memorial in Washington, D.C., with over 4 million visitors each year. Its black granite walls bear the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
This year, the Department of Defense and our nation are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the war in Vietnam.
VVMF coordinates local stops of The Wall That Heals and the accompanying museum and the tour is nationally sponsored by Disabled American Veterans Charitable Trust, Federal Express, Geico, AON Corporation, New Century Transportation, and TimeWarner.