2024 The Wall That HealsWest Dundee, IL
True Patriots Care along with American Legion Post 679
THE WALL THAT HEALS VIETNAM MEMORIAL
May 22 – 27, 2024
Randall Oaks Park, West Dundee, IL
The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to West Dundee from May 22-27, 2024 at Randall Oaks Park and will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public from May 24-27. 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.
This is the second time The Wall That Heals will be on display at Randall Oaks Park. First displayed over 4th of July in 2019, the exhibit was visited by thousands of community members paying their respects.
“It is a rare moment in our lives when we get to correct a mistake,” said Jerry Christopherson, President of True Patriots Care. “We may have failed to honor our Vietnam Veterans when they returned, but The Wall That Heals ensures we won’t repeat that mistake.”
The Wall That Heals is transported from community to community in a 53-foot trailer and will make its way down Main Street on Wednesday, May 22, 2024. The trailer will be accompanied by a motorcycle escort and veterans, residents and supporters are invited to line up along Main Street to watch its entrance into town. More details to follow in the coming months. 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.
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.