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The Wall that Heals
The Wall that Heals will be in Goldsboro starting April 16, 2013. (Courtesy photo)
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Traveling wall opens in Goldsboro today

Posted 4/16/2013   Updated 4/6/2013 Email story   Print story


4/16/2013 - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Each year, millions visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which honors the millions who served their country during the Vietnam War. Tens of thousands gave their lives during the many years of conflict and their names are etched into the black granite.
But millions of Americans, young and old, have not been able to visit what has become known to many as "The Wall." Some haven't been able to make the journey, for various reasons, to our nation's capital and many others may find the war's legacy easier to confront while at home in their own communities.

Every year on designated holidays, the nation pauses to remember those who gave their lives in service with ceremonies and parades, but that honor and respect must extend further. One way to honor the fallen and reflect on the service of the millions of Americans who came before is to visit The Wall That Heals. This exhibition features a 250-foot replica of the original memorial in Washington, D.C. and travels across America.

The exhibit is coming to Goldsboro on Tuesday April 16, 3pm and will be open to the public following setup.

"The Wall That Heals transcends the Vietnam War to help our great nation renew its relationship with veterans of all wars," said Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). "It helps veterans from all of America's conflicts to find healing and a powerful connection through their common military experiences."

In 2013 the Department of Defense and our nation will continue commemorating the 50th anniversary of the war in Vietnam. The legacy of the long and costly conflicts lives on though the veterans who came home and the families of those who did not. Our society cannot forget those great sacrifices or the values those veterans exemplified through their service and heroism.

Millions of Americans answered their national call for service in Vietnam just as they are today in operations worldwide. Among service members, a common thread of service bonds them no matter their era of service, branch or rank. Military families also feel camaraderie of mutual sacrifice. The connection, however, is so often lost among the members of the general public who may never have had any direct experience with the military.

Since its inception in 1996, over 2 million people have visited the Memorial Fund's traveling exhibit. It has made stops in over 350 U.S. locales in addition to an April 1999 tour of the Four Provinces of Ireland and a visit to Canada in 2005.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the more than 3 million Americans who served with the U.S. Armed Forces in the Vietnam War. It is the most visited memorial in Washington, D.C., with over 4 million visitors each year. Its black granite walls bear the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

The Wall That Heals is open 24 hours a day beginning Thursday April 18, with formal ceremony at 10:00 am. There is no charge for admission. For more information, contact Jack Kannan at 919-739-7006 or Bill Graham at 919-394-2200VVMF coordinates local stops of The Wall That Heals and the accompanying museum. This tour is hosted by the Wayne Community College Foundation and Wayne County Veterans & Patriots Coalition.

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