BY MELANIE BUCK –
“The Wall That Heals,” a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C., is making its way to Mena, thanks to the efforts of local veterans and donations from businesses and community members. The half-scale replica was designed to travel to communities across the nation to spread the Memorial’s healing legacy and is accompanied by the Mobile Education Center. The Wall That Heals includes the names of those who sacrificed their lives, and a photo wall of all the deceased soldiers from the Vietnam War. The Wall will be in Mena March 23rd – 26th.
Mena has been selected as the eighth stop in a tour of more than 40 cities across the United States in 2017 to host the wall. A site fee to host the traveling monumnet is $7,500 and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars, or VFW as it’s commonly known, is raising money to bring it to the community.
A fundraiser will be held on February 10th to help the effort of bringing a piece of the nation’s history to the local area. A Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser will be held at the Nazarene Church in Mena from 5 – 7 p.m. on February 10th. Plates will be $5 each, dine in or take out, and includes spaghetti, bread, and a drink. Desserts will be available for $1 each.