Vietnam war memorial replica coming to Valley


Staff report

WARREN

The Wall that Heals – a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. – and its mobile education center will come to the South Lawn of W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave., from Aug. 16-19.

The visit is sponsored by the Warren Heritage Center and Trumbull County Veterans Services, in conjunction with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

The display and education center will be open 24 hours a day and is free to the public.

The Wall honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. armed forces during the Vietnam War and bears the names of more than 58,000 men and women who died in the war.

Warren will be the only Ohio stop out of 38 sites chosen for the 2018 national tour. The 375-foot display stands 7 and a half feet tall at its highest point. For the first time in the history of the The Wall That Heals, visitors will be able to do name rubbings of individual service members.

The 53-foot education center display includes digital photo displays of local service members whose names are on The Wall, and of veterans who returned home from Vietnam and later died as a result of their service, and video displays that teach about the history and impact of The Wall and of the collection of items left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Local veterans organizations will have displays set up at the Park Shelter House and the U.S.O., Red Cross, and Salvation Army will be on-site.

Here is the schedule:

Aug. 16, 11 a.m.: Opening ceremony.

Aug. 18, 7 p.m.: Women on the Wall and Purple Heart Events

Aug. 19, noon: Closing ceremony with Laying of the Roses, and recognition of POW/MIA and Gold Star Families

Veterans and the public are invited to help staff The Wall event throughout the week. Interested parties should attend the volunteer meeting on June 13 at 7 p.m. at the Trumbull County Veterans Services building, 253 E. Market St. For information, call 330-507-8831.

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