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The Wall That Heals
The Wall That Heals

Festival Details - "The Wall That Heals"...

Start: Thursday, April 11, 2024 6:00AM
End: Sunday, April 14, 2024 10:00AM

The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to Peoria, AZ on April 11th - 14th, 2024 at Pleasant Harbor, located on Lake Pleasant and will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public. 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 58,281 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

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.

"We are honored to again host The Wall That Heals," said Glen Vortherms, General Manager of Maricopa Water District (MWD) and Pleasant Harbor. "The peaceful and panoramic setting of Lake Pleasant provides an ideal location for healing and education."

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 mobile Education Center exhibit 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; digital photo displays of Vietnam veterans from the local area honored through VVMF's In Memory program which honors veterans who returned home from Vietnam and later died; video displays that teach about the history and impact of The Wall; educational exhibits told through items representative of those left at The Wall in D.C.; a replica of the In Memory plaque; a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the Vietnam War. The exhibits tell the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the era surrounding the conflict, and are designed to put American experiences in Vietnam in a historical and cultural context.

"The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is pleased to bring The Wall That Heals mobile exhibit to Pleasant Harbor in Peoria, AZ to allow local veterans and their family members a chance to experience The Wall," said Jim Knotts, President, and CEO of VVMF. "Hosting The Wall That Heals provides an opportunity to honor and remember all those who served and sacrificed in the Vietnam War and educate visitors on the continuing impact of the Vietnam War on America."
The 2024 national The Wall That Heals tour is generously sponsored by USAA. Through a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), the trucking industry, and Blue Beacon, the exhibit can travel across the country.

Since its debut in 1996, the exhibit has been on display in more than 700 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: www.thewallthatheals.org.

Organizations interested in arranging tours or volunteering on-site, please contact the Pleasant Harbor event line at 623-203-5173 or phevents@pleasantharbor.com.
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 www.vvmf.org or call 202-393-0090.

About Pleasant Harbor at Lake Pleasant:
Pleasant Harbor RV Resort and Marina, located on the southeastern shores of Lake Pleasant, and conveniently adjacent to the metropolitan Phoenix area is open to the public 365 days a year. The full-service marina features boat and slip rentals, as well as hydro flying, Jet Ski, kayak, paddle boat, and sailboat rentals. Also, the marina features H2-Whoa! – the world's largest floating water slide and is home to The Phoenix, a 150-passenger boat cruise providing tours of majestic Lake Pleasant. Pleasant Harbor features an RV Resort with 253 full hook-up sites, 60 partial hook-ups, as well as dry camping. For more information about Pleasant Harbor RV Resort and Marina, visit www.pleasantharbor.com.

Official Festival Website: https://go.evvnt.com/2236761-0?pid=3698

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Pleasant Harbor at Lake Pleasant
8708 W Harbor Blvd
Peoria, AZ 85383
United States
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