A traveling exhibit that serves as a mobile replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the National Mall in Washington, D.C., will be on display in Corona beginning Thursday, providing an opportunity for residents to experience the impact of the memorial and pay homage to the men and women whose names are on it.

An opening ceremony is set for 6 p.m. in Santana Park to unveil “The Wall That Heals.” It will remain available for visitors until Sunday, according to the Corona Community Services Department.

In addition to city officials, representatives from several veterans organizations are slated to be on hand to share their thoughts during the ceremony, which is open to the public.

The wall, which is 375 feet long and almost 8 feet high at the center, serves as a scaled down reflection of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which has the names of 58,381 service members who died in the Vietnam War inscribed on it.

“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 with military service in Vietnam for purposes of 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.

Everything can be viewed for free.

More information is available at www.coronaca.gov/TheWallThatHeals.

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