Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom issued a proclamation on Thursday honoring The Wall That Heals’ visit to Sulphur Springs in November 2021. The Wall That Heals exhibit features a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The exhibit will be in Sulphur Springs at the SSHS track November 4th-7th. The exhibit will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public in honor of the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam war. Local sponsors include Hopkins County Veterans Memorial Committee, Sulphur Springs Independent School District, and the City of Sulphur Springs.
Hopkins County Veterans Memorial Committee member Mandy Kennedy said, “We started last year looking into the different companies and decided to go with The Wall That Heals because it came directly from the same people that funded the original in D.C. and it is so educational. Their mobile digitized classroom is amazing and they provide staff the entire time it’s here to conduct tours for students. We will be offering those 30-45 minute tours to area schools Thursday thru Saturday.”
The replica is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. Visitors experience The Wall rising above them as they walk towards the apex, a key feature of the design of The Wall in D.C.
Like the original Memorial, The Wall That Heals is erected in a chevron-shape and visitors can do name rubbings of individual service member’s names on The Wall. The replica is constructed of Avonite, a synthetic granite, and its 140 numbered panels are supported by an aluminum frame. Machine engraving of the more than 58,000 names along with modern LED lighting provide readability of The Wall day and night.
As on The Wall, the names on The Wall That Heals are listed 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, joining the beginning and end of the conflict at the center.