Brockway, PA – Brockway is preparing for a special visit from a traveling memorial in honor of Vietnam veterans.
It’s called “The Wall That Heals”… a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The wall travels throughout the country and will be stopping in Brockway from June 26 to July 1.
Brockway will provide a police escort for the wall as it comes to town.
They also plan on lining Main Street with flags as the Wall comes throughout downtown around 6 p.m. on June 26.
Keep updated with any new details at the Facebook page for The Wall That Heals coming to Brockway.
Details for escorting the wall into Brockway:
** 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 26 – Meet in the Brookville High School parking lot to be briefed on where and when the escort will travel
** 5 p.m. – The convoy will travel from Brookville via Route 322 to Reynoldsville, then onto Route 119 through Sykesville. From Route 119 in DuBois, the group will turn onto Route 219 to continue to Brockway.
** 5:45 p.m. – The group will turn onto Route 28 to head into Brockway, then turn right onto 7th Avenue to meet at the Brockway Parkside Complex Grounds.
** Approximately 6 p.m. – Photo opportunities will be available and a small ceremony will be held to honor that The Wall That Heals has made it to Brockway
Wednesday, June 27, 4 p.m. – The Wall should be completed and will be staffed with volunteers
Volunteers are present 24-7 from 4 p.m. on June 27 until 2 p.m. on July 1. They can provide more information about the wall and help you find any Vietnam veteran’s name that is engraved on the memorial.
Sunday, July 1, 2 p.m. – A closing ceremony will be held as the wall is deconstructed as it prepares to head to the next location, Birdsboro, PA, from July 5-8.
Brockway Mayor Bill Hrinya explained the importance of the Wall coming to Brockway.
The Wall That Heals has been displayed at nearly 600 communities throughout the nation.
The VVMF says the traveling exhibit provides thousands of veterans who have been unable to make the trip to Washington, or who have a hard time coping 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.
Senator Andy Dinniman arranged for veterans from the Coatsville Veterans Hospital, some of whom are Vietnam War veterans, to visit the wall. He shares some of their stories and the meaning behind the wall.
There are more than 58,000 names of U.S. service men and women on the traveling wall.
The Wall has been on display in Harrisburg since May 13, but it’s coming to our area in late June and early July. The Wall will stop in Brockway from June 28 to July 1.
- Brockway, Jefferson County – June 28-July 1
- Birdsboro, Berks County – July 5-8
- McKeesport, Allegheny County – August 9-12
Learn more at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website.
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