The Wall That Heals

Event

San Luis Obispo County is one of just 39 places in the nation in 2018 to host The Wall That Heals, a mobile exhibit that honors veterans and preserves the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The exhibit will return to San Luis Obispo for the first time in 21 years thanks to the efforts of the County Veterans Services Office.

The public is invited to visit the exhibit from March 29th through April 1st at Madonna Meadows to remember and reconnect with service members lost in Vietnam, to learn about the history of the conflict in Vietnam, and to read the stories of service members whose names are found on the exhibit.

“If all of the names could be in one place, these names would have great power—a power to heal. It would have power for individual veterans, but collectively, they would have even greater power to show the enormity of the sacrifices that were made.”  - Jan C. Scruggs, Founder of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), Inc.

Background

On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) unveiled a scaled replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. Since its dedication, The Wall That Heals has been displayed at nearly 600 communities throughout the nation, spreading the Memorial's healing legacy to millions.

The Wall That Heals allows the souls enshrined on the Memorial to exist once more among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings. The traveling exhibit provides thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of facing The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin. The Wall That Heals & Mobile Education Center Specifications

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Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer in support of The Wall That Heals, Volunteer training will take place on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 6pm to 7pm at the Madonna Meadows.  Please try to attend.  Volunteers must register.  You may register here TWTH Volunteer SignUp.  Please note, volunteers will not be expected to perform security duties.  Private security will be provided for the duration of the event. 

Volunteer assignments may include:

Standing at several points along The Wall for public assistance and welcoming all visitors.

Monitoring flow of people and directing them around the exhibits on display in the Education Center trailer.

Assisting visitors in locating names on The Wall That Heals using The Wall app, Ipad or Directory of Names books provided by VVMF located in the tent.

Assisting visitors wishing to request a rubbing from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial or complete rubbing on The Wall That Heals

Assisting visitors with questions, providing them with handouts found inside the tent.

The Wall of Faces

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Find a name or group of names on The Vietnam Memorial Wall.  Download the app for your smart phone or smart device today!  Find the app HERE

In an effort to further preserve the legacy of those who sacrificed all in Vietnam, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is committed to finding a photo to go with each of the more than 58,000 names on The memorial . The Wall of Faces allows family and friends to share memories, post pictures and connect with each other. As a quick reference, the links below lead to photos and information of each service member with a Home of Record in San Luis Obispo County or a neighboring county. 

San Luis Obispo County Fresno County                       
Santa Barbara County Kings County                 
Ventura County Kern County
Monterey County Tulare County

If you have a picture of a loved one or fellow veteran whose name is on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, please help the Memorial Fund honor these individuals by putting a face with a name. Regardless of whether or not the Memorial Fund has a photo of the individual already, you are encouraged to submit it anyway.  VVMF is trying to collect as many photos of each individual as possible. Submit a photo  Find out which photos are still needed for The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall of Faces, organized by state. Missing Photos

Request a Name Rubbing

Yes, a name rubbing can be completed on The Wall That Heals.  Paper will be supplied for this purpose.  You may also request a specific name rubbing, free of charge, here at any time.  In addition, Name Rubbing Request Forms will also be available on-site during the event.  Visit the Information tent or locate the donation boxes for a request form.  After the form is completed, save some postage and drop the card in the donation boxes to be hand delivered to Washington D.C.  You can use the Virtual Wall to search for any required information to complete your request.