Wall that Heals is heading to Ocean View in October

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234 in Ocean View has been selected to host “The Wall that Heals,” a three-quarter scale travelling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The exhibit will be on display for the visiting public Oct. 3-6, on the grounds of the VFW post, at 29265 Marshy Hope Way in Ocean View.

“The Memorial Wall in the nation’s capital, representing honor, courage and sacrifice, has become a revered site of healing and reconciliation for many Vietnam veterans and others,” organizers said. “It is also considered an architectural work-of-art, ranked 10th on the ‘List of America’s Favorite Architecture,’ and is visited by more than 3 million people each year.”

The traveling replica — 375 feet in length and more than 7 feet high at its tallest point — brings the national heritage memorial to people in communities throughout the United States.

“The Wall that Heals” exhibit in Ocean View will be the centerpiece in a three-day program to honor the more than 58,000 American military service members who died or were declared missing in the Vietnam War and whose names are now engraved on the Wall panels.

Surviving spouses and Gold Star families will also be honored for their sacrifice. The VFW post is aiming to invite and recognize as many family members as possible. Those who want to participate can contact Fulton Loppatto, Adjutant, by email at twth@vfw7234.com.

Organizers noted that there will be ample opportunity for quiet personal visits and reflection. The exhibit will be open 24 hours a day. Information and assistance will be available for those who want to locate particular names on the Wall panels.

The exhibit also includes a mobile education center for those who want to learn more about the history of the Vietnam War and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

For those who would like to support and participate in the event, there are a number of ways to do so:

• Attend and participate in scheduled ceremonies (schedule to be announced at a later date).

• Volunteer to serve as Wall Ambassadors to assist visitors.

• Contribute financial support as a sponsor to help with the expenses in bringing the Wall to Ocean View and for the three-day event.

There is a wide range of sponsor support categories for recognition: Gold ($5,000), Silver ($2,500) and Bronze ($1,000) sponsors will receive a commemorative plaque and a tribute page in the event program that will be published. Other sponsors who want to help support the event, or perhaps honor the memory of particular individuals, a military unit, or all of those named on the Wall, may purchase space in the program for that purpose: $250 for a full page; $100 for half a page; or $50 for a quarter of a page. “All donations, no matter how small, will be appreciated and listed for recognition in the printed program and the post website.”

Checks should be made payable to VFW Post 7234 (with “The Wall That Heals” on the notation line) and mailed to VFW Post 7234, 29265 Marshy Hope Way, Ocean View, Delaware 19970, Attn: “The Wall That Heals.”

Because of the printing schedule for the event program, sponsor contributions, together with their memorial/tribute messages and any desired camera-ready artwork, have to be received by the VFW Post by Aug. 25 in order to ensure appropriate recognition in the program.

“Many people in our area have not seen the Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. For all of them, especially Vietnam veterans, The Wall That Heals exhibit in Ocean View in October will be an opportunity to see an exact replica in welcoming surroundings; to understand its national significance as a memorial to individual honor, courage and sacrifice; and, hopefully, to experience its healing, unifying and inspirational effects.”

For more information, visit the Post website at VFW7234.com/twth or contact Fulton Loppatto, Adjutant, by email at twth@vfw7234.com.