Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica Wall and Mobile Education Center spreads healing legacy of the wall and educates about the impact of the Vietnam War

BLACKFOOT ― "The Wall That Heals," a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile education center, will be in Blackfoot from Sept. 24 through Sept. 27, 2020. The exhibit will be on display at a Blackfoot location to be determined and will be open 24-hours a day and free to the public. The Blackfoot Committee for "The Wall That Heals" is leading the effort that will bring the exhibit to Blackfoot. "The Wall That Heals" honors the more than 3 million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the 58,276 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

“The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is pleased to bring 'The Wall That Heals' mobile exhibit to Blackfoot, Idaho to allow local veterans and their family members a chance to experience the wall and honor and remember those who have served and sacrificed,” said Jim Knotts, president and CEO of The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. “Hosting 'The Wall That Heals' provides an opportunity for healing and an educational experience for visitors on the impact of the Vietnam War on America.”

Idaho Central Credit Union and Bingham Healthcare have joined together as title sponsors to help bring this incredible exhibit to Blackfoot.

It’s an honor and a privilege to work on this event,” says Cindy Reese, chairwoman of the Blackfoot Committee for "The Wall That Heals." “Bingham County and our surrounding communities have a rich history of supporting our military, both past and present, and is excited to be able to bring this very rare opportunity to Blackfoot and all of Southeast Idaho.”

Additional community support and financial sponsorship will be needed as preparations continue in bringing "The Wall That Heals" to Blackfoot.

School and youth groups are encouraged to visit "The Wall That Heals." Trained staff from VVMF will be on-site to provide free educational tours of the exhibits. Tours can be customized based on ages so visitors can learn about the history of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, hear stories of those who served in Vietnam and learn about the impact of the Vietnam War on America. To schedule a tour, please contact Mr. Ryan Wilson at Blackfoot School District 55, wilsr@d55.k12.id.us