The Wall That Heals replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Sacramento this week
Assemblymember Jim Frazier to Host Four-Day Event to Remember and Honor the Service, Efforts and Sacrifices of Our Nation’s Vietnam Veterans
Each year millions of people visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., which honors the thousands of heroes who served our country during the Vietnam War. But millions of Americans, young and old, have not been able to visit what has become known to many as “The Wall.” Some haven’t been able to make the journey to our nation’s capital for various reasons, and many others may find the war’s legacy easier to confront while at home in their own communities.
It is my honor and privilege to bring The Wall That Heals to the State Capitol, and I invite Californians of all ages to come and share in this moving and unique experience.
This exhibition features a 250-foot replica of the original memorial and travels across America. The Wall That Heals transcends the Vietnam War to help America renew its relationship with veterans of all wars. It helps veterans from all of our nation’s conflicts to find healing and a powerful connection through their common military experiences. Our society cannot forget those great sacrifices or the values those veterans exemplified through their service and heroism.
Millions of Americans answered their national call for service in Vietnam, just as they are today in operations worldwide. Among service members, a common thread of service bonds them no matter their era of service, branch or rank. Military families also feel camaraderie of mutual sacrifice. The connection, however, is so often lost among members of the general public who may never have had any direct experience with the military.
During stops around the country, The Wall That Heals helps Americans to honor its service members and allows those heroes enshrined on the Memorial to return symbolically to the places they called home, to exist among friends and family once more in the comfort and peace of familiar surroundings.
The Wall that Heals will be open 24-hours a day on the west side of the California State Capitol from Thursday, February 27, 2014 to Sunday, March 2, 2014. There will be an opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday and a closing candlelight memorial ceremony on Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m.
It is my hope that all Californians take advantage of this rare opportunity to honor the service of our brave Vietnam veterans and their families, all of whom have sacrificed everything to defend our country and protect our freedoms.
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