“THE CANADIAN VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL”
THE CANADIAN VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION (CVVMA)
“THE WALL THAT HEALS” COMES TO
TO HELP CELEBRATE THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF “THE CANADIAN VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL”
IN WINDSOR ON JULY 2, 2005
March 14th 2005 CONTACT: Bob Dominas 519-818-1280
The Wall The Heals, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will bring the message of The Wall home to Windsor, Ontario from Friday July 1st @10:00 am to Monday July 4th.closing ceremony @6:00 pm
Located at Ambassador Park on the Detroit River front in Windsor near the Ambassador Bridge, the exhibition will feature the dramatic replica – stretching nearly 250 feet in total length – as well as an InformationCenter and traveling museum displaying memorabilia left at The Wall in Washington, D.C. Special activities planned include:
11:00 am Parade of Colour Guards and veterans from across North America. Start time approx.
National Anthems, Sung by Windsor Youth Choral
U.S Air Force Fly By, Coast Guard Helicopter Salute, (unconfirmed at this time)
Guest speakers (to be announced) (limited time alotted for speakers)
Tent of Honour, Pictures and bios’ of the 115 Veterans on the North Wall.
Introduction of North Wall Families, most of the family members have acknowledged there attendance to this event
9:30 pm Candlelight Ceremony Saturday night 2130hrs,
“Run To The North Wall”, bike run on Sunday morning
6:00 pm Monday, July 4th, Closing Ceremony
THE WALL THAT HEALS TRAVELS ACROSS AMERICA
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica Speaks of ‘Healing Legacy’
The Wall That Heals exhibition is organized by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the organization charged with preserving The Wall in Washington, D.C. and its vast legacy. National sponsors of the tour include Disabled American Veterans, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Target Corporation. The Wall That Heals is open 24 hours a day beginning at 6:00 pm Friday July 1st, 2005. There is no charge for admission
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Although millions of visitors experience the healing power of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial annually, millions more have not yet had the opportunity. Many do not have the resources to make the journey to Washington, D.C, while others may find the war’s legacy easier to confront within their own communities.
The Wall That Heals – an exhibition featuring a 250-foot replica of the original Memorial in Washington, D.C. – travels across America to major cities and small towns, speaking not only of the loss but of the lives of more than 58,000 men and women whose names are inscribed on The Wall – our parents, children, neighbors and friends.
“The Wall That Heals transcends the Vietnam War to help our great nation renew its relationship with veterans of all wars,” said Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. “It helps veterans from all of America’s conflicts find healing and a powerful connection through their common military experiences.”
In addition to the opportunity for America to honor its service members, The Wall That Heals allows those heroes enshrined on the Memorial to return to the places they called home, to exist among friends and family once more in the comfort and peace of familiar surroundings.
Since its inception in 1996, nearly two million people have visited the Memorial Fund’s traveling exhibit. It has made stops in nearly 250 U.S. locales in addition to an April 1999 tour of the Four Provinces of Ireland. It also will make its first stop in Canada in July of this year.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the more than three million including the 40,000 Canadians who served with the U.S. Armed Forces in the Vietnam War. It is the most visited memorial in Washington, D.C. with more than four million visitors each year. Its black granite walls bear the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
The Wall That Heals
About the Half-Scale Replica
Each of the aluminum replica’s two wings is approximately 123-feet long and meet at an angle of 121 degrees, rising to a height of approximately five feet at their apex. Each name is laser-etched into panels of reflective black, powder-coated heavy aluminum supported by a structural aluminum frame.
A database of names and their precise arrangement on The Wall was created to engrave the panels. The database was then linked to a computer-operated laser system developed solely for the purpose of engraving The Wall That Heals. The system etched image areas of a specific size, requiring remarkably precise calibration across a wide field to match partially formed letters and lines.
Order of Names
The names on The Wall That Heals replicate the names on The Wall in Washington, D.C. As on The Wall, the names are listed alphabetically by day of casualty. Beginning at the center/apex, the names start on the East Wall (right-hand side) working their way out to the end of that wing, picking up again at the far end of the West Wall (left-hand side) and working their way back in to the center/apex. Thus, the beginning and ending of the conflict are joined at the center, signifying an epoch in American history.
The Wall That Heals is transported from community to community by a 53-foot, fifth-wheel trailer with cases built into its sides serving as a museum that tells the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the divisive era in American history. The exhibition is sponsored by Disabled American Veterans, Harley Davidson Motor Company and Target Corporation.
Established in 1979, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is the non-profit organization authorized by Congress to build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Today, through a series of outreach programs, the organization works to preserve the legacy of The Wall, to promote healing and to educate about the impact of the Vietnam War.
For more information, contact
Bob Dominas, 519-818-1280