Next week South Sound residents will have the opportunity to honor and remember veterans of the Vietnam War at “The Wall That Heals,” a traveling half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC.
Interstate is hosting The Wall That Heals at their Tacoma headquarters Thursday, March 26th and Friday, March 27th through a partnership with the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Fund (VVMF) and the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA).
The VVMF has a mission to honor and preserve the legacy of service and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War. On Veteran’s Day 1996, the VVMF unveiled The Wall That Heals, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial designed to allow communities throughout the country to honor and respect the heroes inscribed on the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Wall. The traveling installation has visited more than 400 communities and includes a mobile education center that tells the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the era surrounding the conflict.
“We are honored and humbled to host The Wall That Heals. Our organization employs a large number of active, reserve and retired military personnel as well as many family members who have served in the Armed Forces. It is important to us to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in keeping our great country free,” said Marc Rogers, President of Interstate.
The event will be opened on Thursday, March 26th with a formal gathering of invited guests. Members of the press are welcome to attend the event at Interstate’s terminal.
Thursday, March 26th Agenda
11:00 AM – Welcome by Jim Knotts, President and CEO of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.
11:10 AM – James Reed, CFO of Interstate Distributor
11:20 AM – Captain Thomas Moore, Company Commander of the 513th Transportation Company, 13th Combat Sustainment Battalion.
11:30 AM – Brigadier General Kurt J. Ryan, Commanding General for the 593rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)
11:40 AM – Closing: Jim Knotts
The Wall That Heals will be available for public viewing from 10am, Thursday, March 26th – 5pm, Saturday, March 28th.
For more information about the events, contact Tonya Todd at 253.538.4182.
ADDRESS: Interstate 11707 21st Ave Ct S Tacoma, WA 98444
About Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
Based in Washington, D.C., VVMF (the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund) is the nonprofit organization authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1980 to build a national memorial dedicated to all who served with the U.S. armed forces in the Vietnam War.
Since the dedication of The Wall, VVMF has pursued a mission of preserving the legacy of The Wall, promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War. Our latest initiative is the campaign to build the Education Center at The Wall. The Education Center will show the pictures and tell the stories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam, provide a rich educational experience on the Vietnam War, show some of the more than 400,000 items left at The Wall, and celebrate the values exhibited by America’s service members in all wars. For more information visit www.vvmf.org.Posted by intd on March 16, 2015 | Categories: News.