The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile Education Center, will be at the Sulphur Springs High School Track Nov. 4-7.
The wall 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 58,279 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
“We are beyond excited to have been chosen as one of only 28 sites all across the nation to host The Wall That Heals in 2021 and the only site chosen in Texas,” Mandy Kennedy of the Hopkins County Veterans Memorial Committee said. “The Wall That Heals is sponsored locally by the Hopkins County Veterans Memorial, the Sulphur Springs Independent School District, and the City of Sulphur Springs in partnership to recognize Veterans of the Vietnam War and offer our community’s grateful appreciation for their service and sacrifice during a difficult time in our nation’s history. We also appreciate the generosity of local resident, Carol Gunn Vernon, who underwrote the $10,000.00 cost of hosting The Wall That Heals so that Hopkins County, Texas can welcome home America’s Vietnam Veterans.”
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.