BY MELANIE BUCK –
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 That Heals,” a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. 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. “Having The Wall That Heals” come to Mena would be a great educational opportunity for all citizens, young and old, to learn more about the Vietnam War,” stated a letter from Linda Johnson, Commander of local VFW Post #4451.
Johnson explained that the site fee to host the wall is $7,500, and more money is needed to sponsor the trip here. They are asking the community “to come together as a community and be a sponsor for this project.” If you or your organization would like to help sponsor the project, contact Johnson at 956-241-2633, or contact a local VFW member.
On their website, http://www.vvmf.org/twth, the meaning of the Wall is explained best: “Bringing The Wall home to communities throughout our country allows the souls 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 Wall to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin.”