The Wall That Heals

The Wall That Heals
Thursday - Sunday, Oct. 18-21
Open 24-Hours-A-Day - Closes at 2 pm Sunday
E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road

The Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation will host The Wall That Heals, along with its Mobile Education Center, Oct. 18-21, 2018, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. 

Free and open to the public, the exhibit will be available 24-hours-a-day. However, The Wall will close at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21. 

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) recently announced the 2018 The Wall That Heals national tour schedule, and Wake Forest has the honor of being the only town in North Carolina slated to host the exhibit.

The 2018 tour began on March 1 in Portland, Texas, and will visit nearly 40 communities during the year. The traveling exhibit 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 more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

Sponsors Needed
Sponsors are needed to bring The Wall That Heals to Wake Forest. Sponsorship opportunities range from $100 to $7,500 and are designed to allow you to reach a huge audience - both locally and across the state.

Local businesses and individuals can donate online via PayPal or by check. Checks should be made payable to "Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation" and include "The Wall That Heals" in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, PO Box 168, Wake Forest, NC 27588.

For more information, contact Crystal Carlson

Volunteers Needed 
Volunteers are critical to the success of this event and needed for a variety of roles at a variety of times. Volunteer duties will be general in nature and may include answering questions, helping visitors locate names on The Wall and providing parking direction and assistance.

Volunteer positions will require both standing and walking, and all volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

A volunteer training session will be offered at Joyner Park on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. All volunteers are urged to attend.

New, Larger Exhibit
Wake Forest will be among the first to host the new, larger exhibit, which includes a three-quarter scale Wall replica that is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. With the new replica at this size, visitors will be able to experience The Wall rising above them as they walk towards the apex, a key feature of the design of The Wall in Washington, D.C.

For the first time in the history of The Wall That Heals, visitors will be able to perform “name rubbings” of individual service member’s names on The Wall.

The Wall That Heals
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of the most visited memorials in our nation's capital, with nearly 5.3 million visitors each year. However, many Americans have not been able to visit what has become known to many as "The Wall." VVMF, the nonprofit organization that built The Wall in 1982, wants to give all veterans and their family members across America an opportunity to see the Memorial. 

The 2018 national The Wall That Heals tour is hauled through a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and the trucking industry and is generously sponsored by USAA.

More than 250,000 people visited The Wall That Heals in 2017. Since its debut in 1996, the exhibit has been on display in nearly 500 U.S. communities in addition to an April 1999 tour of the Four Provinces of Ireland and a visit to Canada in 2005. Hosting The Wall That Heals provides a community with a multi-day experience that includes an educational experience for local schools and organizations on the history of the Vietnam era and The Wall.

The exhibit includes the Wall replica and a mobile Education Center comprised of digital displays of photos of service members whose names are on The Wall; letters and memorabilia representative of items left at The Wall in D.C.; 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.

About the replica 
The replica Wall is 375 feet in length, stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point, and like the original Memorial is erected in a chevron-shape. The replica is constructed of powder-coated aluminum, supported by an aluminum frame, and is made up of 24 individual panels, each containing six columns of names.

The names on The Wall That Heals replicate the names on The Wall in Washington, D.C. As on The Wall, the names are listed alphabetically by day of casualty. Beginning at the center/apex, the names start on the East Wall (right-hand side) working their way out to the end of that wing, picking up again at the far end of the West Wall (left-hand side) and working their way back in to the center/apex. Thus, the beginning and ending of the conflict are joined at the center, signifying an epoch in American history. 

The Wall That Heals is transported from community to community by a trailer with cases built into its sides, allowing it to serve as a mobile Education Center that tells the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the divisive era in American history. 

For more information, including the complete 2018 schedule, visit

Mobile Education Center
The 53-foot trailer that carries The Wall That Heals transforms to become a mobile Education Center.

The Center is an interactive learning facility on the National Mall ensuring our military heroes' stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. The Education Center features the faces and stories of the more than 58,000 men and women on The Wall and honor America's Legacy of Service, including those serving in our nation's Armed Forces today.

The exterior of the trailer features a timeline of “The War and The Wall” and provides additional information about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Additional exhibits give visitors a better understanding of the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the collection of items left at The Wall.

Displays include:

  • Hometown Heroes - Photos of service members on The Wall who list their home of record from the local area. The photos are part of the effort to put a Wall face to every name on The Wall for the virtual "Wall of Faces."

  • Map of Vietnam

  • In Memory Honor Roll - Photos of local Vietnam veterans honored through VVMF’s program which honors veterans who returned home and later died of Vietnam-related illnesses.

  • A display of items representative of those left at The Wall in Washington, D.C., in remembrance of those on The Wall.

  • Digital kiosk allows visitors to search for names using VVMF's online "Wall of Faces."

  • Two paper directories allow for names to be found alphabetically.

  • The Gold Star Bike – Donated to VVMF by the American Gold Star Mothers in 2012, the bike is a Softail Custom Harley that pays tribute to the mothers who lost sons to the Vietnam War.

About the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
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 is dedicated to honoring and preserving the legacy of service in America and educating all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era through programs, ceremonies and education materials. To learn more about VVMF and the future Education Center at The Wall, visit or call 202-393-0090.