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The Wall That Heals Arrives and Sets Up in Rhinelander

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Name: The Wall That Heals Arrives and Sets Up in Rhinelander
Date: May 16, 2023 - May 17, 2023
Event Description:
About The Wall That Heals  -  The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to Rhinelander, Wisconsin on May 18-21, 2023 at Nicolet College and will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public.  The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the 58,281 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

The three-quarter scale Wall replica is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. Visitors will experience The Wall rising above them as they walk towards the apex, a key feature of the design of The Wall in D.C. Visitors are able to do name rubbings of individual service member’s names on The Wall.

The mobile Education Center exhibit includes: digital photo displays of “Hometown Heroes” - service members whose names are on The Wall that list their home of record within the area of a visit; digital photo displays of Vietnam veterans from the local area honored through VVMF’s In Memory program which honors veterans who returned home from Vietnam and later died; video displays that teach about the history and impact of The Wall; educational exhibits told through items representative of those left at The Wall in D.C.; a replica of the In Memory plaque; a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the Vietnam 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.

The 2023 national The Wall That Heals tour is generously sponsored by USAA. Through a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), the trucking industry, and Blue Beacon, the exhibit is able to travel across the country.

Tentative Schedule
Tuesday, May 16
The Wall That Heals arrives in Rhinelander and will tour through Rhinelander before making its final stop in the Nicolet College field. Time of arrival, route, and viewing sites will be posted prior to the event.

Wednesday, May 17
8 am to 2 pm – Construction of The Wall That Heals
2 pm – The Wall That Heals opens to the public
6 to 7 p.m. – Volunteer Training

Thursday, May 18
The Wall That Heals is officially opened to the public 24 hours
Group Tours available for all ages

Friday, May 19
The Wall That Heals is open to the public 24 hours
Group Tours available for all ages

Saturday, May 20
The Wall That Heals is open to the public 24 hours

Sunday, May 21
The Wall That Heals is open to the public until 2 pm

* * Volunteer Opportunties
Please use the following link or the button below if you are willing to volunteer: 

Set-Up Wednesday, May 17 from 8 am to 2 pm. 30-35 able-bodied volunteers needed to unload the truck, erect the frame, and build the wall (each slab weighs 80 pounds). Volunteers must sign up for the entire time slot. Lunch will be provided.

Display Volunteers Wednesday, May 17 at 2 pm until Sunday, May 21 at 2 pm. Six to eight volunteers are needed for each four hour shift. Volunteers are highly encouraged to attend a training on Wednesday, May 17 at 6 pm Below is a list of roles:

Wall Volunteers (4-6 per shift)
Greet visitors
Assist with finding names and doing name rubbings
Serve as expert regarding layout, facts, and stories (will be trained)
Visitor Tent (1-2 per shift)
Act as "receptionist"
Answer questions about The Wall, look up names, and hand out brochures
Mobile Education Center (1-2 per shift)
Share information about the Hometown Heroes, In Memory Honor Roll, and mobile education center.
Draw attention to various exhibits to engage visitors
Breakdown Sunday, May 21 from 2 pm to 7 pm. Again, 30-35 able-bodied volunteers needed to dismantle the exhibit and carefully pack the truck. Volunteers must sign-up for the entire time slot. Dinner will be provided.

There is no age restriction for volunteers, however, if under 18 a parent, guardian, coach, teacher, etc. must be present during the shift. 
Event Media:
Nicolet College Field
Contact Information:
715.365.4487 Casey Lehmann
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