The Wall That Heals

Written by Estero Bay News

March 8, 2023

“The Wall That Heals” exhibit comes to the county March 16-19 at the Madonna Inn Meadows in San Luis Obispo and is open to the public 24 hours a day, with free admission and onsite parking. This is the official three-quarter scale traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. bearing the names of 58, 281 Americans who gave their lives in service to their country during the Vietnam War. The exhibit includes with a Mobile Education Center honoring the 3 million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War. 

The San Luis Obispo Planning Committee is looking for volunteers to sign-up for onsite shifts, assisting visitors while the exhibit is open to the public 24-hours a day. No experience is needed, training will be provided. Financial and in-kind donations are also welcomed to help support this community event.  To learn more about visiting, volunteering or donating, go to www.vetmuseum.org/the-wall-that-heals.

“This important event serves our museum’s mission, to remember and educate,” said Bart Topham, president of the Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum and a Vietnam combat veteran. “We are immensely proud to join the VSO in bringing ‘The Wall That Heals’ to the Central Coast. We look forward to gathering at the event with veterans and visitors from San Luis Obispo County and throughout California.” 

Accompanying  “The Wall That Heals” is the Mobile Education Center with multimedia exhibits honoring and educating about the history surrounding the Vietnam War and photo tributes honoring veterans whose names are on The Wall, including the following: 

Hometown Heroes – Honoring service members whose names are on The Wall from San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Monterey counties.

In Memory Honor Roll – Honoring Vietnam veterans from California who returned home from the war, but have since passed away.  To submit your loved one’s photo, learn more at https://www.vvmf.org/Honor-Roll/.

This educational community event is co-hosted by the County of San Luis Obispo Veterans Services Office and the Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum, in partnership with The Madonna Inn and Legacy Village Wellness Centers, with support from event sponsors: Welcome Home Military Heroes, Pacific Petroleum, Guaranteed Rate, San Luis Ambulance, Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak, Coastal Peaks Coffee, and American Legion Auxiliary Post #423 Cambria, along with support from many others contributing to the success of this event.

For inquiries, contact the County of San Luis Obispo Veterans Services Office at (805) 781-5766 or by email twthinfo@co.slo.ca.us.

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