A traveling exhibit that serves as a mobile replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the mall in Washington, D.C., is slated to be on display in Corona next month, providing an opportunity for residents to feel the impact of the memorial and pay homage to the men and women whose names are on it.
“The Wall That Heals” is slated to arrive on Oct. 7 and remain available for anyone to visit until Oct. 10 in Santana Park, 598 Santana Way, according to the Corona Community Services Department.
The wall, which is 375 long and almost eight feet high at the center, serves as a scaled-down reflection of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, on which the names of 58,381 service members who died in the Vietnam War are inscribed.
“Visitors will experience `The Wall’ rising above them as they walk towards the apex, a key feature of the design in D.C.,” according to a city statement. “Visitors are able to do name rubbings of individual service members’ names on `The Wall.”’
The mobile exhibit makes the rounds nationally every year and has been on display at various times in other parts of Riverside County over the last decade. It is transported via a 53-foot trailer, and after leaving Corona, the Wall That Heals will be exiting California for other states, officials said.
An education center accompanies the exhibit, featuring digital photos of “hometown heroes,” who will be Riverside County residents who served in Vietnam during the Oct. 7-10 display.
Other features include videos about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, maps of Vietnam and a chronological narrative of the war.
“The exhibits tell the story of the Vietnam War, `The Wall’ and the era surrounding the conflict, and are designed to put American experiences in Vietnam in a historical and cultural context,” according to the city.
The exhibit is free.
More information is available at www.coronaca.gov/TheWallThatHeals.
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