'The Wall That Heals' made a stop in the Bluegrass today.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall replica is on display at Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts. The touring exhibit will be at center till Sunday. The opening ceremony for the event will take place Thursday at 10:30 PM. "This part of the United States is extremely patriotic," explains event organizer Bob Dobek, "it's causes the veterans come of the wood work. It starts a lot of the healing because it gives them an opportunity to release some of the frustrations and inner guilt they feel for what they've experienced."
National, state and local leaders are expected to attend the opening ceremony. The event marks the 30th anniversary of the opening of the wall in Washington D.C. "It's a neat piece of history and it's a good way to honor our veterans who served our country," explains EKU student Emily Reddington. "I've never been to Washington D.C. so it is a great opportunity for me to first hand experience what the Vietnam Veterans wall is all about."
The exhibit will be open 24 hours -- security will be on hand to monitor the wall.
'The Wall That Heals' will depart Man O' War Harley-Davidson at approximately 12:15 p.m. with escorts from Lexington, Richmond, and Eastern Kentucky University law enforcement officials as well as a number of of area motorcycle clubs. The escort will lead 'The Wall That Heals' south on I-75 to Richmond, exit 90A. The escort will arrive in Richmond at approximately 12:45 p.m. and will begin traveling south on US-25 Business (Lexington Road) to Main Street. A horse-drawn caisson will lead the escort on Main Street to Big Hill Avenue. 'The Wall That Heals' will be led south on Big Hill Avenue to the EKU Bypass, then to the EKU Center for the Arts.
See full escort route here: http://g.co/maps/c74f4.
Opening Ceremony - Thursday
WHAT: Opening Ceremony with University, national, state and local leaders
WHEN: Thursday, April 26 - 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: EKU Center for the Arts - Lake Level lawn
WHO: Founder of The Wall & Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund President Jan C. Scruggs
Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents
President Doug Whitlock
Lt. Gen. Robert Yerks (Ret.) - 101st Airborne Division
University, national, state and local officials
Eastern Kentucky University and the EKU Center for the Arts will officially open The Wall That Heals exhibit to the public.
Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund will speak at the official ceremony. The ceremony will also include remarks from Eastern Kentucky University President Doug Whitlock and other state and local officials.
The Wall That Heals is a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The exhibition is accompanied by a Mobile Museum that tells the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall, and the Era. A computerized Information Center allows visitors to learn about those men and women named on the Memorial.
Media parking is available in the Center's side parking lot. Enter from Lancaster Avenue (KY 52).
About The Wall
From April 26 to 29, 2012, a national touring exhibition called The Wall That Heals – a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. – will visit the EKU Center for the Arts on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, marking the 30th anniversary of the opening of The Wall in Washington, D.C. This exhibit was created by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) to travel to communities across the United States.
The 250-foot replica will be installed on the south lawn of the EKU Center's lake level and, along with the Mobile Museum and Information Center, will be open for public viewing 24 hours a day and at no charge. The Wall will be escorted into Richmond on April 25 by multiple law enforcement agencies and motorcycles. The escort will depart from Man O' War Harley Davidson at 12 p.m. A caisson will join the escort in Richmond as it parades down Main Street to the bypass and then to the EKU Center for the Arts.
The exhibition is accompanied by a Mobile Museum that tells the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall, and the Era. A computerized Information Center allows visitors to learn about those men and women named on the Memorial.
The Information Center will be equipped with a scanner so that friends and loved ones can bring photos of soldiers on The Wall so that they will be remembered in the new Education Center at the Memorial in Washington. The Education Center will be under construction in the near future. To learn more about the photo project, visit vvmf.org/pafwan.