Knights of Columbus
Blessed Titus Brandsma Council # 16519
Middletown, NY 10940
FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
After close consultation of our membership, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund group, and our partners, we have made the difficult decision that The Wall That Heals replica exhibit planned for the Middletown NY site August 27th - 30th has been postponed.
Having spent the past year coordinating with our various committees, local veterans groups, government and law enforcement, volunteers, partners, and our sponsors; we are genuinely upset and share in this community's disappointment. In light of COVID-19, protecting the health and safety of our veterans, event staff, and the thousands of would-be visitors to The Wall That Heals exhibit is our top priority. Although we considered many safeguarding measures to attempt to address public safety concerns, ultimately we concluded we could not ensure the level of care that we and the public expect for an event of this size.
We have been in touch with our major sponsors, as well as partners, and they have graciously pledged both their financial and volunteer backing for a future event. We want to thank all involved for their support, open discussions, and encouragement. As everyone has been reminding us, great things happen when our community comes together. For this reason, we fully commit to bringing The Wall That Heals to Middletown, NY next year, and are pursuing new dates with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.
A special thank you to our lead sponsor ConEd / Orange&Rockland for their unwavering support in bringing this amazing event to our community. Also, a tremendous thanks to the support and efforts of local American Legion Post 151, our host city of Middletown and the town of Wallkill, and of course our host site Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. We look forward to announcing our new event calendar, and inviting everyone to be an integral part in spreading the Memorial’s legacy. For more information and updates please visit our website www.twthmiddletown.org. Thank you to everyone involved for your patience and continued support.
THE WALL THAT HEALS: IS COMING TO
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica Wall and Mobile Education Center spreads healing legacy of The Wall and educates about the impact of the Vietnam War
Middletown, New York – The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to the Knights of Columbus Blessed Titus Brandsma Council 16519 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Middletown, NY on August 27th - 30th. The exhibit will be on display at OLMC soccer field and will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public. The Knights of Columbus Council 16519 with local American Legion Post #151 are leading the effort that will bring the exhibit to the Hudson Valley. The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the 58,276 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
About The Wall That Heals
The Wall That Heals is transported from community to community in a 53-foot trailer. When parked, the trailer opens with exhibits built into its sides, allowing it to serve as a mobile Education Center telling the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the divisive era in American history.
The three-quarter scale Wall replica is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. Visitors will experience The Wall rising above them as they walk towards the apex, a key feature of the design of The Wall in D.C. Visitors are able to do name rubbings of individual service member’s names on The Wall.
The mobile Education Center displays includes digital photo displays of “Hometown Heroes” - service members whose names are on The Wall that list their home of record within the area of a visit and the “In Memory Honor Roll - Vietnam veterans from the local area honored through VVMF’s In Memory program which honors veterans who returned home from Vietnam and later died as a result of their service. A display of items representative of those left at The Wall in D.C. tell the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the era surrounding the conflict. The 2020 national The Wall That Heals tour is generously sponsored by USAA and transported thousands of miles across the country each year through a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and the trucking industry.
More than 300,000 people visited The Wall That Heals exhibit in 2019. Since its debut in 1996, the exhibit has been on display in nearly 600 U.S. communities in addition to an April 1999 tour of the Four Provinces of Ireland and a visit to Canada in 2005. The Wall That Heals is a program of VVMF, the nonprofit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 1982. The Wall That Heals is the only traveling exhibit affiliated with The Wall in Washington, D.C. and includes the largest Wall replica that travels the country. Two VVMF staff members lead volunteers on site, educate visitors and students, and ensure the reflective atmosphere of The Wall. More information can be found at: www.thewallthatheals.org.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is the nonprofit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C. in 1982. VVMF continues to lead the way in paying tribute to our nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families. VVMF’s mission is to honor and preserve the legacy of service in America and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era through programs, ceremonies and education materials. To learn more about VVMF, visit www.vvmf.org or call 202-393-0090.