Traveling Memorial Allows Public To Honor Fallen Soldiers

  • 7/19/2019 7:17:22 PM
  • WMFD Digital Team
  • Local News

MARION, OH - The Vietnam War was a turbulent chapter in America's history - thousands of lives were sacrificed during overseas operations, and many who came back from the war-torn country were not given much respect in the public eye. In 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was completed, allowing the nation to begin to heal its wounds. 

From July 18th until July 21st, veterans and their families in Caledonia were able to heal further when a smaller-scale replica wall, known as The Wall That Heals, made a stop in the community to offer the chance for community members and veterans pay respects to the men and women who gave their lives in the war in service to their country. The display made its way through Bucyrus earlier in the week as it traveled from Upper Sandusky.

The Wall That Heals, a program that's a part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, travels throughout the United States to help allow Veterans who are interested in seeing the memorial within their own communities.

"The Wall That Heals is a three quarters replica of the National Memorial in Washington D.C," said Vic Muschler, Site Manager of The Wall That Heals. "It's a mobile replica and we bring it to communities throughout the United States, so that we can educate the public - but also give an opportunity to the Veterans that can't travel to visit the wall."

Muschler said the wall is named The Wall That Heals because the organization wants to help not just the healing of veterans, but the soul of America as well. 

Before the wall comes to a community to be displayed, each city must fill out an application and meet a certain set of requirements set by the Veterans Memorial Fund. Once a community has been selected for display, community members must dedicate several groups of volunteers to help sponsor and host the event, due to the extremely small staff involved with The Wall That Heals. Volunteers set up each panel, watch over the site and keep it open day and night, and guide visitors through the display, which is free to the public. 

"This wall is important because it was originally designed to heal our nation," said Muschler. "We must show the men and women who fought in Vietnam and returned home that we still respect and honor them for what they did. But...we must never forget the men and woman who died and gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms in the United States."

The Wall That Heals will be back on the road after the display in Caledonia finishes on Sunday, and will travel to Stillwater, Minnesota. For more information on The Wall That Heals, visit the Wall's website.

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