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Team Welcome Home announces visit schedule for The Wall That Heals

Posted September 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

The Wall That Heals, a 250-foot half scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be on display Sept. 29–Oct. 2  on the front lawn of Living History Farms in Urbandale. Children of all ages and families are welcome and encouraged to visit.

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 who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. The traveling replica is designed to bring The Wall’s healing legacy to communities across the U.S. and to those who have not had the chance, or the ability to visit the real structure in Washington D.C. Since its debut in 1996, more than two million people have visited The Wall That Heals sites. It has made stops in nearly 400 U.S. communities.

Schedule of events:

Wednesday, Sept. 28

9 a.m. — Motorcycle escorts meet at Iowa Speedway in Newton to escort The Wall That Heals, to Urbandale. Transported by TMC Driver, Roger Dannen, a Vietnam Veteran.

11:30 a.m. — Estimated arrival in Urbandale

11:45 a.m. — Media Time

1-6 p.m. — Set up of The Wall That Heals

Following set up  — The Wall That Heals is open

Thursday, Sept. 29

10 a.m. — Opening Ceremony featuring Gov. Terry Branstad and Vietnam Larry Spencer, a POW for 2,551 days. Following, the reading of the names of the Iowa Vietnam Veterans KIA, MIA, POW who have not returned home.

4 p.m. — Retirement of Unserviceable Flags Ceremony

Friday, Sept. 30

11 a.m. — Speaker Dan Gannon – Reflection and Remembrance; Wreath Laying Ceremony

4 p.m. — Retirement of Unserviceable Flags Ceremony

Saturday, Oct. 1

11 a.m. — Guest Speaker – Ed Rohner – From the Other Side – the perspective as a name on the wall and visitors walking by.

3 p.m. — Military Tribute Concert

4 p.m. — Retirement of Unserviceable Flags Ceremony

Sunday, Oct. 2

9 a.m. — Non Denominational Service

2:30 p.m. — Closing Ceremony

3 p.m. — The Wall That Heals closes

50th Commemoration lapel pins will be available and presented to Vietnam Veterans throughout the event.

The Wall That Heals and Mobile Education Center, no admission charge and open 24 hours to visit. Other exhibits with limited hours include the Traveling Memorial Exhibits to be displayed in the Visitors Center. These displays have a dog tag for each Iowan KIA in Vietnam and also Iowans KIA in Iraq/Afghanistan.

For more details on the escort route, schedule of events, volunteer opportunities and sponsors go to See the route details and plan to be waving a flag or holding a sign as The Wall That Heals with escorts goes by.


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