'Healing' wall visits Nashville

'Healing' wall visits Nashville

NASHVILLE, GA (WALB) - The Wall That Heals, a 250 foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is in Nashville. The Berrien County Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Main Street, and Berrien County VFW Post 5978 partnered to bring in the wall.

The Wall That Heals will be on display at the Berrien County VFW Post 5978, at 801 Tifton Highway, through November 14th.

WALB will have coverage of the event in our evening newscast.

The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces during the Vietnam War and its walls bear 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. 

 "Our community has a rich history of military service across all branches, and we are honored to host The Wall That Heals during Veteran's Day," said VWF Post 5978 Commander, Ashley Sewell, USMC (retired).

The replica Wall is approximately 250 feet in length, and like the original Memorial is erected in a chevron-shape. The replica is constructed of powder-coated aluminum, supported by an aluminum frame, and is made up of 24 individual panels, each containing six columns of names.

The names on The Wall That Heals replicate the names on The Wall in Washington, D.C. As on The Wall, the names are listed alphabetically by day of casualty. Beginning at the center/apex, the names start on the East Wall (right-hand side) working their way out to the end of that wing, picking up again at the far end of the West Wall (left-hand side) and working their way back in to the center/apex. Thus, the beginning and ending of the conflict are joined at the center, signifying an epoch in American history. 

The Wall That Heals is transported from community to community by a 53-foot, fifth-wheel trailer with cases built into its sides, allowing it to serve as a mobile Education Center that tells the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the divisive era in American history.

If you would like to volunteer to assist during the time The Wall That Heals is on display please contact the Berrien County VFW Post 5978 at 229-686-2222, 229-881-5089 or 229-507-0950.

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