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THE WALL THAT HEALS IS COMING TO CORONA ON OCTOBER 15-18, 2020

Post Date:10/31/2019 10:45 AM

For Immediate Release
October 31, 2019

THE WALL THAT HEALS IS COMING TO CORONA ON OCTOBER 15-18, 2020

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica Wall and Mobile Education Center spreads healing legacy of The Wall and educates about the impact of the Vietnam War

CORONA, CAThe Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to the City of Corona from October 15 through October 18, 2020. The exhibit will be on display at Santana Park 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 58,276 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

“The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is pleased to bring The Wall That Heals mobile exhibit to Corona to allow local veterans and their family members a chance to experience The Wall and honor and remember those who have served and sacrificed,” said Jim Knotts, president and CEO of VVMF. “Hosting The Wall That Heals provides an opportunity for healing and an educational experience for visitors on the impact of the Vietnam War on America.”

“Two years ago, I visited The Wall That Heals while it was on display in San Dimas. I was very moved by the experience.  Since that time, my goal has been to bring this exhibit to Corona,” said Kerry Eden, Assistant City Manager/Administrative Services Director. “It is truly an honor to be selected as one of 35 stops from 116 applicants.”

Community volunteers and local sponsors will be invited to support this event. Please stay tuned for additional details. To learn more about The Wall That Heals tour in Corona, please contact Kerry Eden at (951) 736-2315 or Kerry.Eden@CoronaCA.gov.The Wall that Heals

About The Wall That Heals: 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 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.

The mobile Education Center displays 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 and the “In Memory Honor Roll - Vietnam veterans from the local area honored through VVMF’s In Memory program which honors veterans who returned home from Vietnam and later died as a result of their service. A display of items representative of those left­ at The Wall in D.C. tell the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the era surrounding the conflict.

The 2020 national The Wall That Heals tour is generously sponsored by USAA and transported thousands of miles across the country each year through a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and the trucking industry.The Wall that Heals

More than 300,000 people visited The Wall That Heals exhibit in 2019. Since its debut in 1996, the exhibit has been on display in nearly 600 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.

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 the City of Corona: Corona is located adjacent to Orange County California at the junction of the 91 and 15 freeways with a population of more than 160,000 residents. For more information regarding the City of Corona visit www.CoronaCA.gov.

Media Contact
Kerry Eden
Assistant City Manager/Administrative Services Director, City of Corona
951-736-2315
Kerry.Eden@CoronaCA.gov

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