The B.C.G.O.P. wants to bring a very special event to your attention!
The traveling Vietnam Memorial is visiting Burnsville Oct. 12 – 15th!
The Wall That Heals, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, comes to Burnsville for four days, Oct. 12-15. The Wall and accompanying mobile education center honor the soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War and their families. It will be on display at the baseball field at Mountain Heritage High School and will be open to visitors 24 hours a day.
The 250-foot replica of The Wall in Washington, D.C. — managed by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund — bears more than 58,000 names of the men and women who died in Vietnam. Since its debut in 1996, the traveling exhibit has been on display in nearly 500 communities throughout the country as well as Ireland and Canada. The Wall will travel to 38 cities and towns in 2017, and Burnsville is the only location in North Carolina this year.
“This exhibit is about our veterans, about people who sacrificed and did what America asked of them,” says Dr. Tony Tipton, superintendent of Yancey County Schools, a sponsor of The Wall’s visit. “As a history teacher, you can talk about war and sacrifice and responsibility, but this gives students a chance to step back and see the impact it has on some of our veterans and see it through their eyes.”
The mobile education center, which travels with The Wall, includes photos of service members whose names are on The Wall and memorabilia left at The Wall in Washington, D.C.
The schedule of events for The Wall’s time in Burnsville includes visits from students in Yancey, Avery, Madison and Mitchell county schools, as well as Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.
“It’s a wonderful educational opportunity that can really bind the community together,” says Taube Roy, a JROTC teacher at Mountain Heritage High School and Army veteran who has assisted in coordinating The Wall’s visit.
Memorial services will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. for Vietnam veterans killed or missing in action from Yancey, Madison, Avery and Mitchell counties.
The Wall That Heals will be open to the public around the clock, from the opening ceremony Thursday, Oct. 12, at 8 a.m. until Sunday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information about The Wall That Heals and its stop in Burnsville, please click this link!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS –
Host: Yancey County Schools
Location: Mountain Heritage High School Baseball field
333 Mountain Heritage High School Rd
Burnsville, NC 28714
Wednesday, October 11
Escort The Wall That Heals – Meetup Location: Big Lots Parking Lot, 364 US 70 W, Marion, NC 28752
09:00 am Meet – up
09:30 am Ride Briefing
09:50 am KSU- depart
11:00 am Arrive at site
11:30 am Media Briefing
12:30 pm Set-up The Wall
6:00 pm Volunteer training
Thursday, October 12
The Wall open 24 hours for visitors
6:00 pm Opening Ceremony
Friday, October 13 – The Wall open 24 hours for visitors
6:00 pm Memorial Ceremony
Saturday, October 14 – The Wall open 24 hours for visitors
6;00 PM Ceremony
Sunday, October 15 – The Wall open until 3:00 pm
3:00 pm The Wall closed
3:30 pm Break down The Wall
This will be special – we hope you can attend and will pass this information on to friends. Many thanks to you and those who have brought this special project to life!