The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to Bourbonnais, IL on June 25th at Perry Farm and will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public beginning June 27th – June 30th.
The opening ceremony will begin on June 27 at 6:30 pm. At that time, the National Anthem is scheduled to be performed by Jim Cornelison.
The closing ceremony takes place on June 30 at 2:45 pm.
The exhibit includes the 375 foot-long, 7.5 foot-tall chevron-shaped replica and its mobile education center which includes photos of service members who list their home of record from the local area.
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 more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
The VVMF’s mission is to honor and preserve the legacy of service and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War. Since its dedication in 1996, The Wall That Heals has been displayed at nearly 600 communities throughout the nation, spreading the Memorial’s healing legacy to millions.
According to the VVMF’s website, “Visiting The Wall means different things to different people — but for all visitors, they are touched by what they see. Just the sheer volume of names, more than 58,000 inscribed on The Wall, causes you to think about the fact that every one of those deaths changed a family forever; that all of those lives were cut short; and all of the ‘what ifs’ that you think about.”
Bringing The Wall That Heals to communities throughout the country allows the memory of the individuals enshrined on the Memorial to exist once more among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings.
The traveling exhibit provides thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of facing the original Vietnam War Memorial in D.C. to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin.
This event is sponsored by Hoekstra Transportation, LLC, Kankakee.