BULLHEAD CITY – The Mohave Shrine Club of Bullhead City has signed on as the lead sponsor of The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and mobile Education Center. The exhibit is coming to Bullhead City on October 21 – 24 at Mohave High School. It will be open 24 hours a day and is 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. It also bears the names of the 58,279 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam, including those from this area.
“We have many Vietnam Veterans in our organization, plus it helps educate the younger generation and others in the community about the Vietnam Era,” said Shrine Club president Mike Lueck. “We are proud to be the lead sponsor for this event and bring this replica of the Vietnam memorial to our area.”
The Wall That Heals is transported from community to community in a 53-foot trailer. When parked, the trailer opens with exhibits built into its sides, allowing it to serve as a mobile Education Center telling the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the divisive era in American history.
The 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.
Mohave High’s student government members led the drive for TWTH to come to Bullhead City this fall, one of only two Arizona stops this year and the only one throughout the Tri-State region. Students must still secure business, organization and individual contributions to cover transportation costs. Arizona extra-curricular tax credit contributions are also eligible.
“Mohave High and its student council are thankful for Mohave Shrine Club always supporting our schools in many ways,” said student council faculty advisor and MHS alumnus David Lipinski. “The opportunity to bolster our school and community with this event is yet another aspect of how Shriners give back to our area in so many ways.”
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is the nonprofit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C. in 1982. VVMF continues to lead the way in paying tribute to our nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families. VVMF’s mission is to honor and preserve the legacy of service in America and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era through programs, ceremonies and education materials. To learn more about VVMF, visit www.vvmf.org or call 202-393-0090.