Auburn welcomes Vietnam veterans’ wall

November 1, 2013 by  

A replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. is due to appear in Auburn from November 8 to November 11, as part of the Veterans Day Parade & Observance.

The exhibit is just over half the size of the original wall, with the names of those who were killed or missing in action during the Vietnam War engraved on it.

The traveling wall will be set in the Memorial Park in Auburn, alongside a traveling museum that will display the memorabilia originally left at the Washington D.C. Wall. An information center will also be available.

The exhibit is suitable for people of all ages and will be open 24 hours a day. Although the 48th yearly parade will no doubt be popular with the local community, a reputable print company would be able to produce low-cost poster printing so that information will reach further afield.

The replica is popularly known as ‘The Wall That Heals’, holding 58,249 names of those who fought in the Vietnam conflict. Of those names, 1,116 people were from Washington state and 13 from Auburn.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund was launched in 1979 and is a non-profit organization that works to educate about the Vietnam War and its impact. Outreach programs are utilized to promote healing, while a new educational facility is being built underground close to The Wall. The Parade will be a mile long and will include vehicles and marching units, bands, guards, and drill teams.