America’s veterans have made immense sacrifices in the service of our country. Sadly, many of them did not make it home. The Vietnam War was particularly devastating, with over 58,000 American lives lost. In memory of these brave men and women, The Wall That Heals is a traveling exhibit that replicates the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. This powerful tribute is coming to Dare County from November 16th to 19th, 2023.
The Wall That Heals is not just a wall – it’s a 375-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. The Wall lists the names of over 58,000 men and women who sacrificed their lives in service to their country, as well as thousands of missing-in-action servicemen. The traveling exhibit also includes a mobile education center, which displays photos and details about the Vietnam War, the deceased veterans, and related artifacts.
The Wall That Heals exhibit will be open to the public 24 hours a day from November 16th to 19th at the Dare County Regional Airport. Visitors can experience the wall for themselves and leave notes of remembrance and gratitude. In addition to visiting the Wall, visitors can also attend several ceremonies, including an Opening Ceremony, “In Memory” Ceremony, and a Closing Ceremony. These ceremonies will feature guest speakers, wreath-laying, and other military traditions.
The exhibit will also feature an Escort and Motorcade with thousands of motorcycle riders to accompany The Wall as it travels through Dare County. Military aircraft flyovers and other demonstrations of respect and admiration for our veterans will be included to give attendees a full sense of the depth of honor attached to The Wall That Heals.
For those who can’t make the event in person, there is a Virtual Wall of Faces, where visitors can search for and view the photographs of the hundreds of people honored on The Wall. The website also includes a Journey Through the Wall, an interactive tour of The Wall, and a section to submit remembrances of loved ones honored on The Wall.
Honoring the sacrifice made by our veterans is one of the most important ways we can show our respect and appreciation. The Wall That Heals exhibit in Dare County is an opportunity for visitors to pay tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. The sight of thousands of names listed on The Wall is a stark reminder of the human cost of war, but it is also a powerful symbol of the bravery and sacrifice of our veterans. We encourage everyone to attend the exhibit and ceremonies and to learn more about the sacrifices of those who have served our country.