WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Wall That Heals
“We are honored to have The Wall visit at this time as WQPT gets ready to air Ken Burns’ new documentary ‘The Vietnam War’ in September,” said Mary Pruess WQPT General Manager. Excerpts from the documentary will be available to view.
On July 26The Wall will be escorted by the Patriot Guard through LeClaire, Iowa cross I-80, following a route that includes Rapids City, Hampton, East Moline and continuing on River Drive until it reaches its destination on the campus of Western Illinois University – Quad Cities.
The Opening Ceremony will begin at 9:00 am with a keynote address by Ray Torres on July 27.
And the closing ceremony will take place on Sunday, July 30 at 4:00 pm with an address by Dr. Art Tate. Both Mr. Torres and Dr. Tate are veterans of the Vietnam War.
“Each day we have activities planned and we will be adding to the Veterans History Project by recording interviews with veterans on the 29th
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of the most visited memorials in our nation’s capital, with more than 5.6 million visitors each year. However, many Americans have not been able to visit what has become known to many as “The Wall.” The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), the organization that built The Wall in 1982, wants to give all veterans and their family members all across America an opportunity to see the Memorial.
“Taking The Wall That Heals
More than 200,000 people visited The Wall That Heals
VVMF coordinates local stops of The Wall That Heals
UnityPoint Health Trinity.
About the half-scale replica
The replica Wall is approximately 250 feet in length, and like the original Memorial is erected in a chevron-shape. The replica is constructed of powder-coated aluminum, supported by an aluminum frame, and is made up of 24 individual panels, each containing six columns of names.
The names on The Wall That Heals
About VVMF and the Education Center at The Wall
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is the nonprofit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C. in 1982. VVMF is dedicated to honoring and preserving the legacy of service in America and educating all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era through programs, ceremonies and education materials.
Three decades after building The Wall, the mission continues as VVMF raises funds to build the Education Center at The Wall. The Center will be an interactive learning facility on the National Mall where our military heroes' stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. The Education Center will feature the faces and stories of the more than 58,000 men and women on The Wall and honor America's Legacy of Service, including those serving in our nation's Armed Forces today. Time Warner is the Lead Gift Benefactor in the campaign to build the Education Center at The Wall. To learn more about VVMF and the future Education Center at The Wall, visit www.vvmf.org or call 202-393-0090.
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WQPT will be holding a media briefing on Wednesday, July 26 at 11 pm as The Wall is being unloaded and set up.
If you wish to follow the motorcade, the route for The Wall That Heals:
10:00 am The Wall leaves Cody Elementary School in LeClaire, Iowa
10:06 exiting Downtown LeClaire
Cross I-80 E
Illiniwek Campground (10:15)
Captain’s Table (10:25)
Expected at WIU campus at 10:30
July 26 Set up The Wall That Heals
July 27 – 9:00 am Opening Ceremony remarks by Ray Torres // 4:30 pm Reflection Ceremony
July 28 - 8:30 am Awakening Ceremony // 9:00 am Military Kids Day // 1:00 pm Teacher Training in 2116 // 4:30 pm Reflection Ceremony
July 29 - 8:30 am Reflection Ceremony // 12:00 to 3:00 pm Veterans History Project (recording veterans stories) // 4:30 pm Reflection Ceremony
July 30 - 8:30 am Awakening Ceremony // 4:00 pm Closing Ceremony remarks by Dr. Art Tate