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 3/4-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.
The wall took its journey on Tuesday from Brookville, through Reynoldsville, Sykesville, and DuBois yesterday, before coming to its home for the next few days at the Parkside Complex in Brockway.
To all who have served, thank you for your sacrifice.The Wall That Heals, a traveling Vietnam veterans memorial, makes its way into Brockway. It will remain at Parkside Complex near 7th Avenue until Sunday, July 1 at 2 p.m.Visitors are welcome 24 hours a day, starting Wednesday afternoon. Volunteers will have information and can help you find engraved names.https://connectradio.fm/brockway-prepares-vietnam-veterans-wall/
Posted by Connect FM on Tuesday, June 26, 2018
The Vietnam veterans memorial is being constructed today and volunteers are receiving training on how to help visitors find names on the wall. People can start visiting the memorial around 4 p.m. this afternoon, but the official opening ceremony will be Thursday afternoon.
Listen to an interview with William Sabatose, Vice Commander of American Legion Post 95 in Brockway.
Ralph Reed, Brockway fire chief, was one of the ones in the long line of vehicles that escorted the wall.
Brian Lemmon, Scoutmaster for Brockway Boy Scouts Troop 40, says it’s important for the scouts to realize how the veterans in Vietnam were treated and making sure that they reflect on the sacrifices that were made.
The wall is staffed 24 hours a day with volunteers who can provide more information and help you search for the name of a loved one on the wall. The Wall That Heals will close on Sunday at 2 as it prepares to head to the next town on the nationwide tour.
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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