Time to pay your respects. May we never forget. The Wall That Heals has arrived in Bridgeport Connecticut.

2017 mark's the 35th Anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Construction began in March of 1982, and the dedication occurred November of that year. The 2 - acre National Memorial, located at 5 Henry Bacon Drive NW in Washington, D.C., honors U.S. service members of the U.S. Armed Forces who served in the Vietnam War.

Not everyone can travel to Washington to view it and pay their respects in person however. In 1996 a traveling half-scale replica of Washington, DC's Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall was unveiled - The Wall That Heals. It is now on display in Bridgeport, at Seaside Park, 1 Barnum Dyke.

The Wall That Heals will be open to the public 24 hours a day now through Saturday, May 6. There will be a closing ceremony Sunday at noon, with the reading of names from Connecticut. You can, however, still view the Wall until 3 p.m. on Sunday May 7. The Wall That Heals includes the names of more than 58-thousand U.S. service members who died in Vietnam or are still missing in action.

The wall will be closed Sunday afternoon and move on to its next city. For a full listing of the cities it will travel to click on vmf.org

There is also a wealth of information to be found at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

Words can never express the gratitude we owe as a Nation to all of the brave men and women who serve to keep us safe and free.




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