The Wall That Heals in Spokane Valley
August 24-27, 2017
Over 13,500 people visited The Wall That Heals, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, during its four-day stay in Spokane Valley. Thousands were able to find friends and relatives' names on The Wall, honor them, and share their stories with other vets and volunteers.
350 attended the moving opening ceremony on Thursday. Over 200 volunteers made the event possible, escorting the truck carrying the Wall through the Spokane area, setting-up, and helping visitors around the clock until the final Taps was sounded on Sunday evening.
Volunteers from Spokane Veterans Forum read the names of 244 people from the Inland Northwest who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. The "Flags for the Fallen" paid tribute to their memory.
The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association of Washington brought a Huey helicopter to the event to educate young and old about its iconic role in the Vietnam War.
The Spokane Vets Center provided around-the-clock counseling for anyone in need.
KSPS thanks the generous corporate sponsors and the hundreds of volunteers from numerous veterans groups in our community, as well as individuals and families who wanted to do their part in support of our vets. Your dedication and service made The Wall That Heals visit to Spokane a success.
About the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), the organization that built The Wall in Washington, D.C., coordinates local stops of The Wall That Heals and the accompanying mobile Education Center. The current schedule and more information can be found at: www.thewallthatheals.org. The 2017 national The Wall That Heals tour is hauled through a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and generously sponsored by: USAA, PBS, and GEICO. more...
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