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Vietnam Memorial Wall replica coming to Peoria Lake Pleasant

Posted 2/22/24

The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile education center, is coming to Peoria.

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Vietnam Memorial Wall replica coming to Peoria Lake Pleasant

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The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile education center, is coming to Peoria.

From Thursday, April 11 through Sunday, April 14, Pleasant Harbor, located on Lake Pleasant, will host the display and will be open 24 hours a day free to the public.

The Wall That Heals honors the more than 3 million Americans who served in the military in the Vietnam War, and it bears the names of the 58,281 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

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.

“We are honored to again host The Wall That Heals,” Glen Vortherms, general manager of Maricopa Water District and Pleasant Harbor, shared in a press release. “The peaceful and panoramic setting of Lake Pleasant provides an ideal location for healing and education.”

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 mobile education center exhibit 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; 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; video displays that teach about the history and impact of The Wall; educational exhibits told through items representative of those left at The Wall in D.C.; a replica of the In Memory plaque; a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the Vietnam War.

Visit www.thewallthatheals.org.

Organizations interested in arranging tours or volunteering on-site can contact the Pleasant Harbor event line at 623-203-5173 or phevents@pleasantharbor.com.