‘The Wall that Heals’

Harry Hurst to host Vietnam Veterans Memorial, volunteers needed

On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund unveiled a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. For six days in May, the wall will visit Harry Hurst Middle School’s football field, but before that can happen volunteers are needed to help assemble and watch over the replica.

Volunteers are needed to:

– setting up and taking down the wall, including landscaping

– daily on-sight volunteers

– volunteers to provide computer access for visitors

– nightly on-sight volunteers

– volunteers to oversee items that are left at the wall

– public relations

– organizers for wall ceremonies

– obtain donations for materials to enhance the wall – landscaping, tents, benches

– volunteers to help serve refreshments

“Bringing The Wall Home” to communities throughout our country allows the souls enshrined on the memorial to exist, once more, among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings.

The traveling exhibit, known as “The Wall That Heals,” allows the many thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of “facing the wall” to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin.

“The Wall That Heals” also features a “Traveling Museum” and “Information Center” providing a comprehensive educational component to enrich and complete visitors’ experiences.

The museum chronicles the Vietnam War era and the unique healing power of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, while the Information Center serves as a venue for people to learn about friends and loved ones lost in the war.

Since its dedication, “The Wall That Heals” has visited more than 300 cities and towns throughout the nation, spreading the Memorial’s healing legacy to millions.

In addition to its U.S. tour stops, the exhibition made its first-ever international journey in April 1999 to the Four Provinces of Ireland to honor the Irish-born casualties of the Vietnam War and the Irish-Americans who served. It has also traveled to Canada.

“The Wall That Heals” can be described an exhibition that has three main components.

All of the components are lit at night for 24-hour visitation.

It is approximately 250 feet in length, and like the original memorial is erected in a chevron shape.

The replica is complete with the 58,249 names of those killed or missing in action from the conflict.

If you are interested in volunteering please call Tammy Morales Windmann at 504-296-0139 or 504-469-9328.

Or send an email to twindmann@stcharles.k12.la.us.


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