The Wall That Heals

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The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to Garland Thursday, Feb. 27, through Sunday, March 1. The exhibit will be on display at Audubon Park, 342 W. Oates Road, and will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public. The City of Garland is leading the effort that will bring the exhibit to the metroplex. The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the 58,276 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. The Wall That Heals is proudly supported by Visit Garland and the City of Garland. 

Dates:

Thursday, Feb. 27 - Sunday, March 1

Times:

Open 24 hours a day (closes at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1)

Location:

Audubon Park - Soccer Fields, 342 W. Oates Road Garland, TX 75043 (Map)

cost:

Free

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Volunteers Needed

Community support is needed to bring The Wall That Heals to Garland. More than 100 volunteers will be needed to set up and take down the replica wall, staff the exhibit and guide visitors 24 hours a day. To learn more about how you can help the effort, email Albert Montero (Email).

Overnight Ambassadors
- 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
 - 3 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Overnight Ambassador Signup Link
Daytime Ambassadors
- 8 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
- 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
 - 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Daytime Ambassador Signup Link
Teardown Crew
- March 1 at 2 p.m. - until complete
Teardown Crew Signup Link

 **We will have a Volunteer Ambassador training at 6 p.m. on February 26 for volunteers only. 


Field Trips

School and youth groups are encouraged to visit The Wall That Heals. Trained staff from VVMF will be on-site to provide free educational tours of the exhibits. Tours can be customized based on ages so visitors can learn about the history of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, hear stories of those who served in Vietnam and learn about the impact of the Vietnam War on America. To schedule a tour, contact the Special Events Team by email to Special Events Email or call 972-205-3896.


Public Welcoming Escort & Route 

Children greeting The Wall That HealsThe City of Garland Police Department and other volunteers will escort The Wall That Heals trailer through Garland upon its arrival Tuesday, Feb. 25. The procession will begin at 1 p.m. and travel through the City to Audubon Park.

See arrival route for The Wall That Heals (pdf)

Arrival Escort
Tuesday, February 25
Starting at 1 p.m.

Firewheel Town Center to Audubon Park soccer fields

The public is welcome to gather along the route and at Audubon Park soccer fields to welcome The Wall That Heals trailer. Please honor them by waving American flags or simply a welcoming hand wave. 


Welcome home ceremony:

You are invited to attend the Welcome Home Ceremony, Thursday, February 27 at 5 p.m. This event gives us the chance to welcome The Wall That Heals to Garland and North Texas, as well as honor those who served in Vietnam and to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The ceremony is free and open to the public. No vendors allowed. For more information, please send us an email, Special Events Email or call 972-205-3896.

Welcome Home Ceremony
Thursday, February 27
5 p.m.
Audubon Park-Soccer Fields,
 342 W. Oates Road Garland, TX 75043 (Map)


Out of Town VISITORS:

For those not in the Garland or nearby Dallas-Fort-Worth area, we would love to help you with arranging accommodations and other fun activities to make your stay here in Garland a great one! Please send us an email, Special Events Email or call 972-205-3896.

For more information about Garland events, local restaurants, and attractions, or if you need some local accommodations, go to visitgarlandtx.com.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

For more information regarding the date and time of The Wall That Heals here in Garland, contact the Special Events Team by email to Special Events Email or call 972-205-3896.

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About The Wall That Heals

The Wall That Heals is transported from community to community in a 53-foot trailer. When parked, the trailer opens with exhibits built into its sides, allowing it to serve as a mobile Education Center telling the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the divisive era in American history.

The three-quarter scale Wall replica is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. Visitors will experience The Wall rising above them as they walk towards the apex, a key feature of the design of the Wall in D.C. Visitors are able to do name rubbings of individual service member’s names on The Wall.

The mobile Education Center displays includes digital photo displays of “Hometown Heroes” - service members whose names are on The Wall that list their home of record within the area of a visit and the “In Memory Honor Roll - Vietnam veterans from the local area honored through VVMF’s In Memory program which honors veterans who returned home from Vietnam and later died as a result of their service. A display of items representative of those left­ at The Wall in D.C. tell the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the era surrounding the conflict.

The 2020 national The Wall That Heals tour is generously sponsored by USAA and transported thousands of miles across the country each year through a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and the trucking industry.

More than 300,000 people visited The Wall That Heals exhibit in 2019. Since its debut in 1996, the exhibit has been on display in nearly 600 U.S. communities in addition to an April 1999 tour of the Four Provinces of Ireland and a visit to Canada in 2005. The Wall That Heals is a program of VVMF, the nonprofit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 1982. The Wall That Heals is the only traveling exhibit affiliated with The Wall in Washington, D.C. and includes the largest Wall replica that travels the country. Two VVMF staff members lead volunteers on-site, educate visitors and students, and ensure the reflective atmosphere of The Wall. More information can be found at thewallthatheals.org.

About VVMF 

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 continues to lead the way in paying tribute to our nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families. VVMF’s mission is to honor and preserve the legacy of service in America and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era through programs, ceremonies, and education materials. To learn more about VVMF, visit vvmf.org or call 202-393-0090. 

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