Vietnam memorial walls release schedule, with COVID restrictions


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Veterans, families, friends and the general public have several options to see Vietnam memorial walls in 2021 with the release of traveling wall schedules.

However, with the release, most organizations are also saying to check before planning a visit, as states have different COVID-19 restrictions in place. Below are the different options.

The Wall That Heals

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund operates The Wall That Heals. It unveiled the replica on Veterans Day 1996. Since then, more than 600 communities have seen the traveling display.

The Wall That Heals exhibit features a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The replica is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. Visitors experience The Wall rising above them as they walk toward its apex, a key feature of the design of The Wall in D.C.

The 53-foot trailer that carries The Wall That Heals transforms to become a mobile Education Center. 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.

VVMF’s 2021 schedule starts in North Carolina April 8. Stops include Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Kansas, Colorado, New Medico, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Texas and Tennessee.

More information on its schedule is at https://www.vvmf.org/The-Wall-That-Heals/2021-Tour-Schedule/.

The Moving Wall

The Moving Wall is a half-size replica, touring since 1984. Two replicas now travel the U.S. from April-November, spending about a week at each site.

The schedule for The Moving Wall includes stops in Nevada, Arizona, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Ohio, Colorado, North Dakota, Michigan, Washington, Oregon, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Vermont, Kansas and Georgia.

The schedule is at http://www.themovingwall.org/current_schedule.html.

American Veterans Traveling Tribute

American Veterans Traveling Tribute shows an 80% replica Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. It measures 360 feet long by eight feet high at its apex. Displays also fly flags over the wall.

These events start May 12 in Virginia. There’s also planned stops in Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, South Dakota, Nevada, Michigan, Minnesota, Utah, Texas, Wyoming, Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Indiana. More information on their schedule is at https://www.americanveteranstravelingtribute.com/schedule.

Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is a 3/5 scale that stands six feet tall at the center and covers almost 300 feet from end to end. Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard, located in Brevard County, Florida, manages the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall.

The schedule starts April 11 in Melbourne and includes stops in Florida, Mississippi, Ohio, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Tennessee and New Jersey.

The schedule is at http://www.travelingwall.us/schedule_of_appearances.htm.

AV Wall

The Mobile Vietnam Memorial Wall has one event planned for 2021. The event is Nov. 10-15 at Bucklin Park, 1350 S 8th St, El Centro, CA 92243.

The organization keeps up-to-date information on its website at www.avwall.org and on their Facebook page.

Vet Centers

Outreach specialists and counselors will be on hand at many locations to meet with Veterans and families wanting to learn more about how Vet Centers aid in the readjustment of a Veteran or service member after deployment or trauma. They will engage safely in accordance with state and local guidelines.

Vietnam Veterans originally established Vet Centers and still hold true to keeping that promise today.

Vietnam War Commemoration

Many sites will also hold Vietnam War Commemoration events. To find an event, go to https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/events/. To learn about the lapel pin ceremonies, see https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/67922/vietnam-veterans-families-honored-thanked-program/.

Washington, D.C.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., is the most well-known of the memorials. Set on two acres on the National Mall, the public may visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial 24 hours a day.

Face masks are required on National Park Service-administered lands where physical distancing cannot be maintained and in all NPS buildings and facilities. Park operations vary based on local public health conditions. Before visiting, please check the park website to determine its operating status. Additional details are available at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

Perryville, Missouri

The Missouri National Veterans Memorial in Perryville is a “sister wall” to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The Vietnam Wall and grounds are open 24/7. The site is located about 90 minutes south of St. Louis. More information is at https://mnvmfund.org/.

Before visiting

Before visiting one of the traveling walls, a doctor from the National Center for PTSD said Veterans with PTSD should consider their expectations for the visit and how the visit fits into their recovery goals.

“Think through, ‘What do I hope to get out of this?” said Dr. Sonya Norman, director of the center’s PTSD Consultation Program. “Know what you expect so you’re not disappointed or overwhelmed. That can help the visit be a rich and meaningful experience.”

Norman said how the visit may impact someone’s PTSD is varied and complex, so there is no one way to approach it. She added that, even though people with PTSD share common symptoms, people have different experiences and feelings regarding their trauma. Getting an evidence based treatment for PTSD helps Veterans in recovery.

Author

Adam Stump

Adam Stump is a public affairs specialist with VA’s Digital Media Engagement team. He is a retired Air Force Veteran who served 20 years, including two deployments to Afghanistan for detention operations and special operations.

Comments

  1. Jerry    

    I went to see the wall. Didn’t really want to,but my children wanted to take me so I went. About three hundred feet from the wall I lost control. Can’t explain what really happened. I know I got dizzy my breath was like puffing sounds my heart was racing..most all veterans know all this. What I really wanted to say is my children helped me get through it. I did not want to go but after all the crazy feelings were over I didn’t want to leave. God bless America and God bless the American soilders.

  2. RALPH PURALEWSKI    

    The Vietnam Wall is a great tribute to the lives of 58,000 plus that gave all. Unfortunately it had to be in vain, as a Combat Veteran I experienced that reality of losing in Vietnam and at home. God Bless all are disabled , deceased and living Veterans.
    PEACE !!!!!!!

  3. Steven Hamm    

    I would hope that one of the traveling Walls could make an appearance in Nebraska at some point. As a 91C20 medic 6/67-11/70 I lost several friends there and the Wall helps remember them, and others who have since died due to the war and its after-effects .

  4. DOUGLAS PORTER    

    Why no appearances in New York? Only state with more Vietnam Veterans than NY is Florida.

  5. Edward L. Pringle    

    Very touching! I served in both VietNam (1968-1969) and again in Desert Storm on General H.T. Johnson’s Team. I lost two classmates in VietNam. Served 28 yrs Air Force. Now serving 22 yrs with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as Field Office Director in Houston for 35 Counties in SE Texas. Our HUD Team helps veterans and other citizens obtain safe and decent housing for themselves and their families. Proud to have served and now i keep on giving……
    Dr. Edward L.Pringle

  6. ronald cleary    

    Here in Florida , We The Patriot Guard Riders Have a Traveling Vietnam Wall and GWoT Wall . The Vietnam Wall is 46 Ft. long , GWoT Wall 22 Ft. long . Both Wall will be setting up on display on 27 March 2021 in Kissimmee , Fl. at the Austin-Tindall Regional Park on 4100 Boggy Creek Rd. from 8:00am -3:00pm , their will be many vendors attending , also a bike ride , approximately 600 riders are expected to attend this event .

  7. WILLIAM SCHNEIDER    

    Please do not forget the memorial at Angle Fire, NM. It is such a beautiful place and has a wonderful history and is open 24/7-365..

  8. Steven Goetsch    

    The Wall that Heals is amazing and poignant.

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