The Wall That Heals in Paducah Oct. 25-28

PADUCAH - The Wall That Heals, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is coming to Paducah on Oct. 25-28 at Carson Park. It will be open 24 hours a day and will be free to the public.

Only 40 sites nationwide are chosen to host the wall each year from over 100 applicants. 

This year features a newly constructed replica. The new wall is a three-quarters scale version of the memorial. It is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. 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 actual memorial in Washington D.C. 

For the first time, visitors of the replica will be able to do name rubbings of individual service members’ names on the wall.

The memorial honors more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Vietnam War and bears the names of more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during the conflict.

“As a Paducah Vietnam veteran who made it safely back home, it is an honor and a privilege to welcome The Wall That Heals to Paducah as we remember those who did not make it home. I am thrilled and honored to be of service once again,” states Robert Worden, Department Service Officer for the Disabled American Veterans.

The Wall That Heals also comes equipped with a mobile Education Center that will be utilized by area schools for field trips. The mobile Education Center is comprised of 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; and 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 will teach about the history and impact of the memorial itself, and of the collection of items left at The Wall in Washington D.C. Other educational exhibits include a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the war.

The Wall That Heals is being brought to the community by Milner & Orr Funeral Home. As part of their mission to “Honor Lives,” Milner & Orr Funeral Home believes The Wall honors communities, honors veterans and honors lives.

Here are some of the special events that will take place while the replica wall is in town:

Opening Ceremony - Thursday, October 25th at 6:00 pm 
A one-hour event during which local elected officials, officers from Ft. Campbell, and representatives of the presenting sponsors will honor veterans on The Wall as well as those who served. Organizers suggest arriving 5:15-5:30 in order to be seated in time for the ceremony. General parking is off the N. 30th Street entrance and Veteran and handicap parking available off Joe Clifton Drive entrance. A drop off zone will also be available near the grandstands. 

Wreath Laying Ceremony - Friday, October 26th at 6:00 pm
A brief 15-minute ceremony presented by Veterans of Foreign Wars Jackson Harris Post 1191, Paducah.
Representatives of presenting sponsors Milner & Orr Funeral Home, The Paducah Sun, and WPSD Local 6 will lay wreaths. 
Closing Ceremony - Sunday, October 28th at 2:30 pm
A brief 15-minute ceremony presented by American Legion Post 26, Mayfield.

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Published 07:30 PM, Sunday Sep. 30, 2018
Updated 06:09 PM, Tuesday Oct. 23, 2018


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