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The Wall That Heals

Schedule of Events

Thursday May 30 – Sunday, June 2, 2024

THE WALL THAT HEALS and the MOBILE EDUCATION CENTER will be on display 24 hours a day; until 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 2, 2024. The Mobile Education Center features a timeline of “The War and The Wall” and provides additional information about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Additional exhibits give visitors a better understanding of the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the collection of items left at The Wall. Displays include:

Map of Vietnam
Timeline of the War and The Wall
The Gold Star Bike – Donated to VVMF by the American Gold Star Mothers in 2012, the bike is a Softail Custom Harley that pays tribute to the mothers who lost sons to the Vietnam War.

A replica of the In Memory plaque that resides on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site in Washington, D.C. and reads: “In Memory of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War and later died as a result of their service. We honor and remember their sacrifice.”

Items Left Behind – Displays of items representative of those left at The Wall in Washington, D.C. in remembrance of those on The Wall.  Watch below as VVMF’s Education Director, Callie Wright, speaks with students about a care package that is part of the exhibit.

 

Hometown Heroes – Photos of service members on The Wall who list their home of record from Waukesha County and some of the surrounding area. Photos are part of The Wall of Faces, an effort to put a face to every name inscribed on The Wall in Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

In Memory Honor Roll – Photos of local Vietnam veterans honored through VVMF’s In Memory program, which honors veterans who returned home and later died. Digital photos are of In Memory honorees from the state where the exhibit is on display. If you know a Vietnam Veteran who should be on the In Memory Honor Roll, please apply here.

 

 

EDUCATIONAL TOURS
Intermittently available from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Thursday through Saturday. Guided tour of The Wall That Heals and the Mobile Education Center for school groups, corporate groups and families. Registration is not required but to sign up for a tour, please click here. 

TAPS
Played Wednesday through Saturday at sunset.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

NOON; ESCORT MEET

KICKSTANDS UP AT 1:00 PM

Under the leadership of Rolling Thunder Southeast Wisconsin Chapter #2, The Wall That Heals will be escorted from the Home Depot Lot-Mukwonago (232 E. Wolf Run Mukwonago WI 53149) to Nixon Park (175 E. Park Avenue Hartland WI 53029). This honorable volunteer opportunity is open to all motorcycle riders and clubs. If you would like to be part of this historical escort, please REGISTER HERE.

Route: 45 – 60 minutes in length driving 5 mph below the speed limit.

Please join us in welcoming The Wall That Heals by lining the streets along the route as it makes its way to Hartland.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

8:00 AM: WALL ASSEMBLY

Beginning at 8:00 AM, volunteers will begin assembling The Wall That Heals. Volunteers needed, please REGISTER HERE.

If you have a family member or friend whose name is on the The Wall That Heals, you have the honor to escort the panel containing that name as the panel is placed during assembly. During set-up, the VVMF reps onsite will be relaying information regarding this opportunity.

6:00 PM – VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

8:30 (Sunset) TAPS

Volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend Volunteer Orientation Training at the site. Training will last approximately one hour.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Following the welcome ceremony, The Wall That Heals and the Mobile Education Center will be on continuous display,
24 hours a day until close at 2 PM on Sunday, June 2, 2024.

9:00 AM – Welcome Ceremony

Presentation of Colors – American Legion Post #294 Honor Guard

Pledge of Allegiance – Gold Star Families

National Anthem – Arrowhead High School Broadway Company and Flyover F-35 Fighter Jets

Invocation – Julian Plaster, WWII Veteran

Welcome – Lynn Minturn, President Hartland Chamber of Commerce/Chair of The Wall That Heals Committee

Introduction – Medal of Honor Recipient, Gary Wetzel, Vietnam Veteran

Remarks – John Kraft, Veteran, American Legion Flanagan-Dorn Post #294 Adjutant

Presentation of Service Flags – American Legion Post #294

Keynote Speaker – Lt. General (Retired), Dan Karbler
Keynote Speaker – Vice Admiral and former Chief of the Navy Reserves (Retired), Dirk Debbink

Amazing Grace – Celtic Nation Pipes and Drums

Presentation of Wreaths –Local Dignitaries

Vietnam Veteran Pinning – Daughters of the American Revolution

Benediction – Al Wilkinson, Chaplain, American Legion Post #294

Rifle Volley and Taps – American Legion Post #294 and Arrowhead High School Band Member

10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Vietnam Veteran Pinning with the Daughters of the American Revolution

11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

8:30 PM (Sunset) TAPS

Tours of The Wall That Heals will begin at 11:00 AM following the Welcome Ceremony. REGISTER HERE. for tours.

Friday, May 31, 2024

8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Group Tours Available. Please register here.

8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

8:30 PM (Sunset) TAPS

Vietnam Veteran Pinning with the Daughters of the American Revolution

Saturday, June 1, 2024

8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Group Tours Available. Please register here.

The lights on The Wall That Heals will be changed to teal to recognize PTSD Awareness Month, a condition which can often affect Veterans.

8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

8:30 PM Candlelight Ceremony

(Sunset) TAPS

Vietnam Veteran Pinning with the Daughters of the American Revolution

Short candlelight walk to The Wall That Heals to light the Wall teal in recognition of PTSD Awareness month.

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Mementos left at The Wall That Heals will be collected for historical preservation.

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM CLOSING

Vietnam Veteran Pinning with the Daughters of the American Revolution

1:45 PM: Retire Colors, Blessing, Taps


2:00 PM: DISASSEMBLY

The Wall That Heals will be disassembled and the display prepared for a journey to its next display site in Russellville, Kentucky June 6 – 9, 2024.

Volunteers needed to help disassemble, please register here.