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The Wall That Heals
- Date: -
- Location: Lewisville Lake Park
200 Lake Park Rd
Lewisville, Texas 75057
- Introduction: The mobile replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C., will be on display 24 hours a day.
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The City of Lewisville is proud to announce The Wall That Heals, the mobile three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C., will be on display Thursday, May 2 – Sunday, May 5, just west of the Bob Wiseman Soccer Complex at Lewisville Lake Park, 200 Lake Park Road.
The traveling exhibit honors the more than 3 million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
The Wall That Heals exhibit will be open to the public 24 hours a day and will be accompanied by the Mobile Education Center. Lewisville is one of three Texas tour stops in 2019 for The Wall That Heals, but it is the only North Texas tour stop.
The three-quarter scale Wall replica is made up of 140 numbered panels and stands 375 feet long and 7.5 feet tall. Like the original Memorial, The Wall That Heals is erected in a chevron-shape and visitors can do name rubbings of individual service member’s names on The Wall.
The Mobile Education Center is the 53-foot trailer that carries The Wall That Heals around the country. The exterior of the trailer features a timeline of “The War and The Wall” and provides additional information about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Additional exhibits give visitors a better understanding of the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the collection of items left at The Wall.
- Tuesday, April 30, 3:30 p.m. - The Wall That Heals is escorted to the event site by motorcycle, leaving from Lowe's and driving through Highland Village, Flower Mound and Lewisville. Route map.
- Wednesday, May 1 - Assembly of The Wall That Heals
- Wednesday, May 1, 4 p.m. Soft opening (after assembly is complete)
- Thursday, May 2, midnight - The Wall That Heals opens
- Thursday, May 2, 8:30 a.m. - Opening Ceremonies
- Sunday, May 5, 1:45 p.m. - Closing Ceremonies
- Sunday, May 5, 1:45 p.m. - The Wall That Heals closes
Volunteers are needed for:
- Dismantling of The Wall That Heals – This shift will begin approximately at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. Volunteers for this shift will be responsible for dismantling The Wall That Heals as well as components of the Mobile Education Center and preparing them to be put back on the truck for transport out of town. This shift is longer than most but is key in closing the exhibit. It will take 5-6 hours to complete. Volunteers for this position should be able to lift heavy object, bend, stretch, and move freely without limitations.
- Staff volunteer check-in table – Multiple shifts are available for these positions as The Wall That Heals will be on display and open to the public 24 hours a day. Each shift is four hours long. The primary responsibility of this position will be to greet and check in volunteers as they arrive for their shifts. You will be responsible for giving the volunteer an official event lanyard to wear during their service as well as confirming their assigned task. Any volunteer under the age of 18 on these shifts must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21.
- Greet and welcome visitors - This position requires volunteers to be a friendly face to visitors and to ensure that everyone feels welcome to The Wall That Heals. You will be responsible for giving assistance to visitors as needed, including but not limited to giving directions, answering general questions. You will also be responsible for helping to maintain the solemn and respectful atmosphere and making sure that no harm comes to the exhibition.
To learn more about The Wall That Heals, please visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) website. The VVMF is the nonprofit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C. in 1982. VVMF continues to lead the way in paying tribute to our nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families.
Valor and Sacrifice Veterans Poppy Project with Jen Rose
750 red ceramic poppies will be installed at the site of The Wall that Heals. The red poppy originated after World War I as a universal symbol for veterans and has since been adopted for veterans of any war. The power of this art installation lies in the clustering of individual poppies to form a strong visual impact where installed, and the community involvement of making the poppies. Following the conclusion of The Wall That Heals, the poppies will be collected and re-installed at another City of Lewisville location yet to be determined.
"Proudly Served. Proudly Serving." Exhibit
"Proudly Served. Proudly Serving." Exhibit will open on Monday, April 29, at the Visitor Information Center, 247 W. Main Street. The exhibit pays tribute to all current City of Lewisville employees who have served, or are currently serving our country in the military. This unique display will run through at least Veterans Day in November. The Visitor Information Center is open open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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