NAHANT – The Town of Nahant, in partnership with American Legion Post 215, invites the community to visit “The Walls That Heals” exhibit, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The Memorial in Washington, D.C., bears the names of more than 58,000 American service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam, and honors the more than 3 million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in that conflict. The touring exhibit is a three-quarter scale replica of the Memorial, 375 feet long and 7 ½ feet at its tallest.
“The Walls That Heal” opened for free public viewing at Nahant Lowlands Activity Field (across from Short Beach) beginning on Thursday, July 15, at 12:01 a.m.
The exhibit consists of the replica, Mobile Education Center and information tent. The Center’s trailer includes a timeline called “The War and The Wall.” The Mobile Education Center will occupy the Short Beach parking lot. The Center also is free and open around the clock.
A Welcome Home Ceremony will take place at the Field on Saturday, July 17, at 6 p.m. The ceremony will include a selection of patriotic music, speeches, a Missing Man Table Ceremony, and a Sundown Flag Ceremony.
The exhibit concludes on Sunday, July 18, at 2 p.m.
All are welcome to attend. Event parking is available; signs and attendants will direct visitors to the event parking areas. Attendees are asked to not park on the streets in the area, which are reserved for local residents with parking stickers.
Those wishing to defray the cost of “The Wall That Heals” exhibit are asked to donate by check to: American Legion Post 215; P.O. Box 82; Nahant, MA 01908.