The Wall That Heals Oct 3 - Oct 6, 2019 Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234 in Ocean View De
The Wall That Heals, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, open 24 hours a day and is free to the public.The Wall That Heals honors the almost three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. The new, larger exhibit which includes a three-quarter scale Wall replica that is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. 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. Visitors will be able to do name rubbings of individual service member’s names on The Wall. 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,” said Jim Knotts, president and CEO of VVMF. The exhibit includes The Wall replica and a mobile Education Center comprised of: 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 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. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of the most visited memorials in our nation’s capital, with more than 5.2 million visitors each year. However, many Americans have not been able to visit what has become known to many as “The Wall.” The Wall That Heals made its debut in 1996 and since then has been on display in nearly 600 U.S. communities in addition to an April 1999 tour of the Four Provinces of Ireland and a visit to Canada in 2005. Last year alone, more than 250,000 people visited The Wall That Heals. Hosting The Wall That Heals provides a community with a multi-day experience that includes an educational experience for local schools and organizations on the history of the Vietnam era and The Wall.
This Huey will be on display at our Post Thanks to Ed Wolfe
The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHMEC) unites with the Liberty War Bird Association (LWBA) to educate the public about rotary-wing flight’s importance and to honor Vietnam War Veterans on Saturday, April 13. The LWBA, 500 Airport Road, Lititz, offers flights on its newly-restored Vietnam-era UH-1 Huey helicopter beginning at 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. as a member benefit for joining the nonprofit’s all-volunteer organization. “Our motto is Educate, Honor, Restore,” explained Charles Bechtel of the LWBA. “Our intent is to let the public see the helicopter in an effort to educate them as to how important it was to the Vietnam War. We are primarily Vietnam Veterans honoring our fellow Veterans with this helicopter, and our senior pilots are retired Army helicopter pilots who have thousands of hours flying all types of helicopters. (We) purchase, restore and fly Huey helicopters because of the impact the helicopter had during the 20-year war in Vietnam. We have this helicopter flying after 15,000 man hours with 20-some people working every Saturday. We just got it out of the paint shop. It will look exactly as it did during the war.“Our aircraft, Huey 823, served in Vietnam from late 1968 through early 1970 with Company C 101st Airborne and the 170th Assault Helicopter Company, accumulating over 1,300 combat flight hours. It has the bullet scars to prove it!”The Vietnam War became known as “The Helicopter War” largely due to the Huey. Bell Helicopter’s iconic aircraft was the first turbine-powered helicopter contracted by the military, and proved to have the necessary horsepower to change the Army’s capabilities. It was quick, sturdy and multifunctional. It moved troops, carried supplies, provided air support and evacuated wounded soldiers, saving lives that might otherwise have been lost .In Vietnam the Huey was an embedded part of the unit,” stated Charlie McManus, an AHMEC Docent who was a U.S. Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam from 1968 until ’69. “They were always available (and) were a part of every operation. They always did all that was asked of them. The Huey was our horse both in a tactical sense and in an emotional sense.”Foremost is becoming a member of LWBA to support its important mission for a cost of $80.00 per person. Amenities include a membership card, quarterly newsletter, schedule of events, LWBA pin and a flight in Huey 823, which holds seven people. We’re proud to be part of the American Helicopter Museum and take our place beside the other helicopters that have had a significant impact on aviation,” Bechtel said. “We look at our Huey as being a flying museum, so AHMEC is doing what we are doing to preserve helicopter history.”The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, located at 1220 American Boulevard, West Chester, in the land of industry innovators in the Philadelphia region, is the nation’s premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. Established in 1996, the nonprofit organization collects, restores and displays rotary-wing aircraft, including over 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros and convertiplanes.