“The Wall That Heals” came to Hilo Hawaii and was on display for five days from January 24 through January 28. It was an amazing success with perfect weather. Many thanks to the hundreds of volunteers for their tireless efforts in implementing the display.
On January 28th, the exhibit was disassembled and was headed by ship to the island of Maui where it was escorted to the Maui War Memorial Stadium on February 7, and setup on Feb. 8. It was on display 24 hours a day from February 9 through February, 13 and then back to the mainland.
Its visit to Hilo was an amazing 5 day event with an excess of 23,000 people visiting “The Wall That Heals” during its stay. There will soon be some photos and possible video (s) posted here.
The installation and community impact of “The Wall That Heals”
On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) unveiled a 1/2 sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.. It was designed to travel to communities all over the United States. Since its dedication, The Wall That Heals has been displayed in nearly 700 communities throughout the nation, spreading the Memorial’s healing legacy to millions. It is now coming to Hawaii for the first time ever.
Bringing The Wall home to communities throughout our country has allowed 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 Wall with the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin.