‘The Wall That Heals’ Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica coming to Crivitz

CRIVITZ, Wis. — The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., will be on display at Crivitz Community Veterans Park from Aug. 30 through Sept. 2.

The Wall lists more than 58,000 names of those killed and another 1,500 service members who are unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. Included are the names are more than 100 service members from the northeast Wisconsin area who were killed during that war.

The purpose of The Wall That Heals is not only to honor those who lost their lives or have not been accounted for, but also to give communities an opportunity to honor the fallen and properly welcome home those who served during that controversial time.

A Mobile Education Center tells the story of the Vietnam War and displays items left behind at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. One of the features of the Education Center is the Hometown Heroes display, which includes photographs of local service members whose names are on the wall. These names and photographs have been collected using the official home of record for those service members.

The local The Wall That Heals Committee would like to include names of all service members who have families in the area. These names would not be included in the Mobile Education Center, but would be separately displayed.

Those who have a family member, loved one or battle buddy who gave their life during the Vietnam War, but who may not have listed a hometown within 50 miles of Crivitz, are asked to contact The Wall That Heals Committee for the separate “Hometown Heroes” display.

Vietnam-related conditions such as Agent Orange exposure have killed thousands of former service members. The Mobile Education Center includes photos of these veterans through the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s “In Memory” program.

The Wall That Heals Committee also is seeking names and photographs of local individuals who have died from such Vietnam-related illness. If you have a family member, friend or fellow veteran who has lost their life due to a Vietnam-related illness, contact The Wall That Heals Committee at 715- 854- 2030 or jdeschane@vocwi.com. You can also reach the committee on Facebook at “The Wall That Heals comes to Crivitz.”

Those who wish to volunteer while the wall is in Crivitz can go to www.crivitz.com and click on the Signup Genius icon displayed on the home page.

The M&M Area Community Foundation has provided an Impact Fund grant to help bring The Wall That Heals to Crivitz.