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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund - The Wall That Heals
Haul the Wall in 2018
Interested in hauling The Wall That Heals this year? The following routes are available:
Waymouth, MA – Newburgh, NY
Newburgh, NY – McKeesport, PA
McKeesport, PA – Warren, OH
Ava, MO – Middletown, IN (Potentially Open)
Oak Forest, IL – Ft. Ashby, WV
Ft. Ashby, WV – Wake Forest, IL
Wake Forest, IL – Paducah, KY
Paducah, KY – Huntsville, AL
Huntsville, AL – Kountze, TX (Potentially Open)
To sign up for a route, visit the VVMF Haul the Wall page.
Join the conversation on social media networks by using the hashtag #WallThatHeals.
Watch as an escort comprised of the Blue Star Salute Foundation and Patriot Guard Riders escorts the Wall That Heals from Creek Travel Plaza in Atmore, Alabama to Battleship Park in Mobile, Alabama on May 18, 2016.
Watch a video of the Wall That Heals, and an escort comprised of 150 motorcycles, as it made its journey to the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida on February 3, 2015.
Check out images from The Wall That Heals events, nationwide.
The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) have partnered to bring The Wall That Heals to communities across America. A 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Wall That Heals honors the nearly eight million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. It bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the most visited memorial in our Nation’s Capital, with more than four million visitors each year. However, many Americans have not been able to visit what has become known to many as “The Wall.” Bringing The Wall home to communities provides thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of facing The Wall to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities.
Following a successful collaboration with Wreaths Across America, TCA is providing the opportunity for its member companies and professional truck drivers to continue a legacy of service, and drive the trailer hauling the exhibit, including The Wall replica and an accompanying mobile education center.
“Partnering with TCA enables us to continue our mission to honor and preserve the legacy of The Wall and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War,” said Jim Knotts, CEO of VVMF.
Since its debut in 1996, more than two million people have visited The Wall That Heals. It has made stops in nearly 400 U.S. communities as well as Ireland and Canada. When The Wall That Heals is visiting a community, it provides an educational experience for local schools and organizations on the history of the Vietnam era and The Wall. Visitors can view photos of service members whose names are found on The Wall, letters and memorabilia left at The Wall in Washington, D.C., a map of Vietnam, and a chronological overview of the conflict. The exhibits are designed to put American experiences in Vietnam in a historical and cultural context.
TCA members Covenant Transport, Cargo Transporters, and Interstate Distributors were among the earliest fleets to step up with commitments to haul the exhibit in 2015. TCA encourages more of its members to get involved. Members can sign up for commitments ranging from hauling the trailer to a single event, or as complex as covering transportation across an entire region.
Special ThanksTCA thanks its carrier members who have hauled the Wall. To view photos from historic events, visit www.truckload.org/Flickr.