Veterans Motorcade to Escort The Wall That Heals into Concord

The Wall That Heals – a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. – will be escorted into Concord on Tuesday by a number of veterans groups riding motorcycles. The Wall will be installed at Frank Liske Park as part of the Cabarrus County Public Library’s 2011 One Book One Community program, which features Tim O’Brien’s novel “The Things They Carried.”

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The Wall will be coming from Washington, D.C. and arriving at Frank Liske Park around 12:15 pm Tuesday, March 29.

The motorcycle groups will gather at Bill’s Truck Stop in Linwood, N.C., and will leave at 11:30 am to complete the journey to Concord. They will take I-85 to exit 58 and travel Hwy. 29 to arrive at Frank Liske Park around 12:15 pm. Volunteers will erect the Wall Wednesday, March 30.

The Wall That Heals will open to the public beginning with an opening ceremony at 9 am Thursday, March 31. It will remain open around the clock until 9 pm Sunday, April 3.

Frank Liske Park is located at 4001 Stough Road in Concord.

ABOUT ONE BOOK ONE COMMUNITY

Cabarrus County Public Library’s One Book One Community program aims to bring together the community through the experience of reading one book together and sharing in discussion. The 2011 program features the book “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien.

Tracing the tour of one American platoon “The Things They Carried” is not just a tale of the Vietnam War, although it's considered one of the finest books ever about combat. This award-winning book is a brutal, sometimes funny, often profound narrative about the human heart—how it fares under pressure, and what it can endure.

It was chosen as the One Book One Community book this year because it is a great discussion initiator; whether the discussion is about war, politics, current events, literature or just life. The objective is to bring people together across the county to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

For additional information about the One Book One Community program, log on to www.cabarruscounty.us/library/onebookonecommunity/index.html.

ABOUT THE WALL THAT HEALS

On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) inaugurated The Wall That Heals, an exhibition featuring a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that travels to communities throughout America. The Wall That Heals is the only traveling replica that is directly affiliated with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Since its inception, the exhibit has been seen by millions of people in more than 300 cities and towns throughout the United States. Bringing The Wall home to communities throughout our country allows the souls enshrined on the Memorial to exist once more among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings. The traveling exhibit also allows the many thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of “facing The Wall” to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities.

The tremendous response to The Wall That Heals inspired the addition of a mobile museum in 1998, which was completely redesigned in 2009, providing a comprehensive educational component to enrich and complete visitors’ experiences.

The Wall That Heals exhibit also includes a mobile museum that helps visitors understand the Vietnam War and its era, as well as why the Vietnam Veterans Memorial offers powerful healing to so many. Displays feature some of the more than 100,000 items that have been left at The Wall since it was built—including the boots and dog tags worn in Vietnam by Jan Scruggs, who led the effort to build The Wall in 1982—as well as items left at The Wall That Heals. The exhibits also feature photos and biographical information on some of the more than 58,000 individuals whose names are on The Wall. Other displays chronicle the history of The Wall and facts about the Vietnam War.

An information center located on site features computer stations outfitted to assist visitors in searching for names on The Wall and to provide source information for veterans’ issues. Staff members are also available for guests who have questions.

The Wall That Heals is equipped with a photo scanner, so that families, friends and veterans who are visiting the traveling replica can bring their photos and have them scanned on site. These photos may be included in the Vietnam Veterans Education Center under construction in Washington, D.C.

For more information about The Wall That Heals, visit www.vvmf.org/twth.