The Wall That Heals Arrives in the Southland with Police, Fire and Veteran Escort

The Wall That Heals Arrives in the Southland with Police, Fire and Veteran Escort

The Wall That Heals Arrives in the Southland with Police, Fire and Veteran Escort (Bloom Township, IL) — The Wall That Heals has arrived in Bloom Township with a flourish as an police, fire, and veteran motorcade escorted the wall from Bethel Church in Lansing to Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights. The Wall That Heals will be on display at Marian Catholic from July 7 through July 10.

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The Wall That Heals exhibit is a three-quarters scale replica of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC. According to their website, “the replica is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. Visitors experience The Wall rising above them as they walk towards the apex, a key feature of the design of The Wall in D.C.”

The exhibit features a trailer that serves as more than just a mode of transportation. The trailer transforms into a mobile education center, which provides visitors with information about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Since it’s unveiling and dedication on Veteran’s Day in 1996, The Wall That Heals has visited over 700 communities throughout the United States. It’s latest stop is right here in the Southland. The exhibit will be open to the public 24 hours a day beginning on Thursday, July 7 through 2:00 PM on Sunday, July 10.

Bishop Ronnie White, a community leader, Prairie State College Board of Trustee President, Chaplain, and veteran of the armed forces led the motorcade of area police, firefighters, and veterans from Bethel Church to Marian Catholic this afternoon. He said that as a veteran of the armed forces, The Wall That Heals, “means the world. It’s about those who gave their lives at war in Vietnam…We’re thankful for those 58,000 persons who gave their lives in the defense of our county so that we can continue to have our freedoms.”

Chicago Heights Alderwoman Kelli Merrick was also present at the exhibit’s arrival at Marian Catholic, saying, “We were blessed to be one of the stops [of the exhibit]…the education portion is going to be amazing.” Merrick is the 7th ward alderman and Marian Catholic High School graduate.

 

A schedule for the Bloom Township The Wall That Heals exhibit is outlined below:

Thursday, July 7

  • The Wall That Heals is open 24 hours a day to visitors
    • 1:00pm – Welcome Ceremony

Friday, July 8

  • The Wall That Heals is open 24 hours a day to visitors

Saturday, July 9

  • The Wall That Heals is open 24 hours a day to visitors
    • 7:30 pm – Candlelight Vigil

Sunday, July 10

  • The Wall That Heals closes at 2:00 pm
    • 1:30PM – Closing Ceremony
    • 2:00  PM – The Wall That Heals is closed

The Wall That Heals Arrives in the Southland with Police, Fire and Veteran Escort

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