Widely recognized as the “Wall That Heals,” the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is one of our nation’s most beloved memoirs. The wall lists the names of over 58,000 American soldiers who gave their lives for their country during the Vietnam War. Not only does the wall tell the story of the war, but it also brings a sense of peace and comfort to thousands of veterans and families who were affected by the conflict. In order to reach those unable to travel to Washington D.C., the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall was created to bring healing and awareness throughout the country. The half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is scheduled to make an appearance in Rockport this February! You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn the stories of those who served in Vietnam.
The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall is just one of the many events coming to Rockport! Be sure to check our Rockport Calendar of Events for even more activities and attractions to add to your vacation itinerary.
History of the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall
The traveling “Wall That Heals” was created by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in 1996. It is a half-scale replica that is 250 feet in length and possesses the original’s chevron-shape and powder-coated aluminum construct. It is also designed to travel from community to community, spreading its healing legacy wherever it goes.
Since its dedication, the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall has visited over 400 towns and cities. Even today, more than 20 years later, the goal of the traveling wall is to bring peace and healing to families and friends of Vietnam veterans. Many have been unable to cope with facing the actual Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C., but the traveling wall gives them the strength and courage to do so within their own communities.
What You’ll Find at the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall
February 2nd-5th, the wall replica will be erected at the Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor. During that time, you will be able to visit the memorial replica and see for yourself the 24 panels of over 58,000 names. As is with the original, the names on the wall are listed by day of casualty. The names start at the East Wall and work their way to the end of that wing before picking up again at the far end of the West Wall. They join together at the center, representing the beginning and end of the conflict.
If you would like to put faces to some of the names you see on the wall, there will also be a mobile education center at the event. Information cases will display photos of service members along with memorabilia that people have left at the wall in D.C. This mobile museum also includes a map of Vietnam and an overview of the war. Stopping by the Mobile Education Center is a great way to learn more about the war and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the sacrifices the fallen soldiers made.
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