‘THE WALL THAT HEALS’
BURNSVILLE – The Wall That Heals, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is coming through Spruce Pine on its way to Burnsville, where it will be on display from Thursday, Oct. 12, through Sunday, Oct. 15.
The Wall and accompanying mobile education center honor the soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War and their families. It will be on display at the baseball field at Mountain Heritage High School and will be open to visitors 24 hours a day.
The 250-foot replica of The Wall in Washington, D.C. – managed by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund – bears more than 58,000 names of the men and women who died in Vietnam. Since its debut in 1996, the traveling exhibit has been on display in nearly 500 communities throughout the country as well as Ireland and Canada. The Wall will travel to 38 cities and towns in 2017, and Burnsville is the only location in North Carolina this year.
The mobile education center, which travels with The Wall, includes photos of service members whose names are on The Wall and memorabilia left at The Wall in Washington, D.C.
The schedule of events for The Wall’s time in Burnsville includes visits from students in Yancey, Avery, Madison and Mitchell county schools, as well as Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.
“It’s a wonderful educational opportunity that can really bind the community together,” said Taube Roy, a JROTC teacher at Mountain Heritage High School and Army veteran who has assisted in coordinating The Wall’s visit.
Memorial services will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday for Vietnam veterans killed or missing in action from Yancey, Madison, Avery and Mitchell counties.
The Wall That Heals will be open to the public from the opening ceremony at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, until 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Admission is free.