Fairfield to host new, larger Wall That Heals

Fairfield residents learned in December that their town will host The Wall That Heals, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and a mobile education center.

The replica and education center will visit Fairfield Sept. 13-16. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund announced Thursday that Fairfield will be among the first towns to host a new wall replica that stretches 375 feet in length (three-quarters the size of the wall in Washington, D.C.), stands 7.5 feet tall and comes with new educational exhibits.

?With the new replica at this size, visitors will be able to experience The Wall rising above them as they walk towards the apex, a key feature of the design of The Wall in D.C.,? wrote the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in a news release. ?For the first time in the history of The Wall That Heals, visitors will be able to do name rubbings of individual service member?s names on The Wall.?

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund president and CEO Jim Knotts remarked, ?We are thrilled to share the new The Wall That Heals exhibit with the public this year. Through The Wall That Heals, we are able to return the names home to communities across the country and allow Vietnam veterans and their family members who cannot make it to Washington, D.C., the opportunity to see The Wall. It gives communities a teaching moment for younger generations on why we should honor those who have served and sacrificed so much.?

A new 53-foot trailer transports The Wall That Heals from community to community. When parked, the trailer opens with exhibits built into its sides, allowing it to serve as a mobile education center.

This unique educational experience gives visitors a better understanding of the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the collection of items left at The Wall.

The mobile education center displays includes: digital photos of ?Hometown Heroes? - service members whose names are on The Wall that list their home of record within the area of a visit; digital photo displays of 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; video displays that teach about the history and impact of The Wall and of the collection of items left­ at The Wall in D.C.; educational exhibits told through items in the collection; a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the Vietnam War.