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The Wall That Heals Travels to EKU Center for the Arts

Vietnam Veteran Memorial Replica Speaks of ‘Healing Legacy’

A sailor's image is reflected on the face of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Photo Courtesy: DOD National Archives

Richmond, KY – Although millions of visitors experience the healing power of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., every year, millions more have not had the opportunity. Many do not have the resources to make the journey to the nation’s capital, while others may find the war’s legacy easier to confront within their own communities.

From April 26 to 29, 2012, a national touring exhibition called The Wall That Heals – a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. – will visit the EKU Center for the Arts on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. This exhibit was created by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) to travel to communities across the United States.

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 the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. “It helps all veterans from all of America’s conflicts find healing and a powerful connection through their common military experiences.”

The 250-foot replica will be installed on the south lawn of the EKU Center’s lake level and, along with the Mobile Museum and Information Center, will be open for public viewing 24 hours a day and at no charge. The Wall will be escorted into Richmond on April 25 by multiple law enforcement agencies and motorcycles.

The escort will depart from Man O’ War Harley Davidson at 12 p.m. A caisson will join the escort in Richmond as it parades down Main Street to the bypass and then to the EKU Center for the Arts.  The exhibition is accompanied by a Mobile Museum that tells the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall, and the Era.

A computerized Information Center allows visitors to learn about those men and women named on the Memorial.  The Information Center will be equipped with a scanner so that friends and loved ones can bring photos of soldiers on The Wall so that they will be remembered in the new Education Center at the Memorial in Washington.

“I think it is very fitting that this memorial come to our campus given Eastern Kentucky University’s long tradition of support of the military and our veterans,” said Dr. Doug Whitlock, president of Eastern Kentucky University. “Some of the names on this wall are graduates of this institution. I knew each of them, and really look forward to the opportunity to honor their memories.”

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the more than 3 million Americans who served with the US Armed Forces in the Vietnam War. It is the most visited memorial in Washington, D.C., with over 4 million visitors each year. Their black granite walls bear the names of more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. 1,359 of the names are Kentucky soldiers.

The Center is seeking volunteers to serve as greeters and in other support roles while The Wall is at the Center. Visit va.eku.edu/wall-volunteers to sign up.

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