In observance of Veterans Day, 10 members of Boy Scouts Troop 194 visited the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Fund mobile the Wall that Heals on Nov. 5. The portable display is located at the left door of the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Inc. in Nov. 5.
The Wall That Heals features a three-by-four replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC The replica is 375 feet long and 7.5 feet tall at its highest point. There are 140 numbered panels.
The group thanked our tour guide, Tim Tetz, who provided many details about the park and the show. The park was the brainchild of Jan Scruggs, and was financed by private donations. The choice of design was determined by a competition with 1,421 ideas, and the final design was selected. Maya Lin, an architecture student at Yale University, won in 1981. Lin envisioned two black walls that started in the ground, then grew and grew in height until they together—like a “wound closed and healed.”
The V-shaped wall was designed to reference the Lincoln and Washington Memorials. We learned a few things about the wall. The first soldier was killed in 1959 and the last soldiers died in 1975.
There are 58,281 names on the wall. The brother has 31 lists on the wall. Eight women were listed on the wall, and 1968 was the deadliest year in which more than 17,000 soldiers died.
The drawing starts at the middle of the peak on the east wall and narrows to a point and the right side and then the drawing starts again on the leftmost side of the west wall and all the way down the peak on the center. Fears were given poster art and some inscriptions were made on the memorial wall.
This was a very thoughtful idea for some members of the group and many tourists had the opportunity to visit with many Vietnamese volunteers. They thanked them for their service to our country and the veterans shared their stories with the tourists.