Replica Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Healing Wall, Coming to Methuen This Fall
The Healing Wall, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, as well as a mobile education center, is coming to Methuen this fall.
The Healing Wall honors 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 are honored to host The Wall That Heals here in Methuen. Not only does The Wall That Heals honor those who served in South East Asia during the war, but it also symbolizes our respect for all veterans of Methuen who served in uniform while providing residents of all walks of life, especially our youth, the opportunity to see this truly inspiring exhibit firsthand,” said Methuen Mayor Neil Perry.
The memorial and mobile center will be free and open to the public 24 hours a day from Wednesday, September 28 at 2:00 p.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 p.m. at PFC Richard E. Potter Field in Pelham. Rue, Methuén.
“A big part of our success in bringing this great exhibit to Methuen will be the participation of volunteers from across the community,” said Paul Jensen, Methuen’s Director of Veterans Services. He asked for a volunteer coordinator and a promotion coordinator. Those with experience in any of these areas or who would like to be part of the organizing committee are asked to contact Jensen at City Hall. Volunteers will also be needed later to erect and dismantle the wall as well as to manage it around the clock.
Jim Knotts, President and CEO of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, said, “Hosting the Healing Wall provides an opportunity to honor and remember all those who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War and to educating visitors about the ongoing impact of the Vietnam War on America. ”
The memorial 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 feature of the wall’s design in DC. Visitors can smear names of individual service members on the wall.