Wall That Heals, a Vietnam veteran memorial, to arrive on Big Island

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The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the revered Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., will make its way to Hilo in early 2024.

The Wall That Heals, established by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience the grandeur and emotional impact of The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, also known simply as The Wall. Designed by Maya Lin and dedicated in 1982, The Wall bears the names of more than 58,000 servicemen and servicewomen who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.

The arrival of The Wall That Heals in Hilo highlights its mission to bring the Memorial’s poignant experience to communities that may not have the chance to visit Washington D.C. The exhibition aims to educate the public about the Vietnam War and its profound impact on American history while providing a platform for veterans and their families to find closure.


“The Wall That Heals continues to serve as a powerful symbol of remembrance and respect. By bringing it to Hilo, we hope to offer our community the opportunity to honor the sacrifices of our service members and gain deeper insights into this pivotal period in our history,” said Mayor Mitch Roth.

More than just a wall, the exhibition includes a mobile Education Center featuring digital photo displays of “Hometown Heroes” – service members whose names are on The Wall and who listed a Hawai’i address as their official home of record. Additionally, an In Memory plaque honors those who returned from the war but later died from causes related to their service in Vietnam. The exhibit also comprises video displays that provide comprehensive insights into the history and impact of the Vietnam War and The Wall.

Event details, volunteer opportunities, and more information will be announced closer to the event date.


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