The Wall That Heals
Oct 3 - Oct 6, 2019
Open 24 hours each day - Closing at 3PM on Sunday
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.






WHY AMERICANS VISIT THE WALL


Honor is due to those who served our country and paid the ultimate price.
To honor them, to respect them, to remember them, to touch them,
to feel their presence, to reflect, to cry, and to mourn
..... this is why Americans visit "The Wall"

....John Gossart, Judge Advocate



CHILDRENS ESSAY CONTEST

"WHAT THE VIETNAM WALL MEANS TO ME"

It is the legacy of this great country, and its sacred duty to pass on the history and the lessons of America’s story to each new generation. An integral part of that story is the Vietnam Memorial Wall which honors and will honor into perpetuity the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to their country. Within that granite wall in Washington DC are inscribed the names of 58320 heroes. They came from every state in the nation. They were of every race, creed and ethnicity, but they shared in common an obedience and dedication to serve their country and to that end they gave their last and finest measure. In October,2019, A traveling replica of the Vietnam Wall , The Wall That Heals, is coming to the Mason Dixon VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View, DE. There will be many events and tributes to the heroes on that wall, and we are asking that as young Americans you add your own voices to this great and solemn celebration. The Mason Dixon VFW Post 7234 is conducting an Essay Contest for young people in grades 5-12. The title of the Essay Contest is “What the Vietnam wall means to Me.” Each young person who participates in the contest will receive a certificate. There will be two winners announced ( grades 5-8, and 9-12). The winners will be presented with a memorial pin, one hundred dollars, and the opportunity to read their essay at one of the celebratory events being held at the VFW before our Vietnam veterans and guests. It is our hope that many of young people in our local schools both public and private will enter the contest and join with us in honoring the bravery and sacrifice of these great unsung heroes. Please review the sheet of instructions for the essay, and do not hesitate to contact Fulton Loppatto, VFW Post 7234, Adjutant , by email at vfwpost7234@vfw7234.com, if you have any questions regarding eligibility or essay content.

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VFW ESSAY CONTEST

"WHAT THE VIETNAM WALL MEANS TO ME"

ELIGIBILITY:
ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 5-12 IN BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT AN ESSAY.
REQUIREMENTS:
THE ESSAYS SUBMITTED SHOULD BE TYPED. ESSAYS MAY BE NO LESS THAN 350 WORDS OR LONGER THAN 500 WORDS.
ALL ESSAYS ARE TO BE THE ORIGINAL WORK OF THE STUDENT.
ESSAY WNNERS WILL BE INVITED TO A VIETNAM CEREMONY AND TO PUBLICLY READ THEIR ESSAYS.
WINNING ESSAYS WILL BE FRAMED AND DISPLAYED AT THE VFW POST.
THE DEAD LINE FOR SUBMITTING ESSAYS IS SEPTEMBER 20, 2019.
STUDENT WORK RECEIVED AFTER THIS DATE CANNOT BE CONSIDERED.
IT IS OUR HOPE THAT CLASSROOM TEACHERS WILL ENCOURAGE THEIR PARTICIPATION.

THE VFW IS PROUD TO INVITE THE VOICES OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO BECOME A PART OF THIS WONDERFUL EVENT.

PLEASE MAIL OR EMAIL YOUR ESSAY TO:
“ESSAY CONTEST”
VFW POST 7234
29265 MARSHY HOPE WAY
OCEAN VIEW, DE 19970
ATTN: FULTON LOPPATTO