The Wall That Heals Opening Ceremony Oct. 5, 2017

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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The Wall That Heals Opening Ceremony Oct. 5, 2017

Posted: 10/04/2017
Wall That HealsThe Wall That Heals opening ceremony will be held at Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

During the program, South Doyle High School JROTC will present the colors and Central High School’s marching band will perform the national anthem and other patriotic music. Speakers will include: Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, City of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, Major General John D’Araujo, Honor Air Founder Eddie Mannis and Berry Funeral Home President Fred Berry. There will also be a presentation of wreaths by local veterans organizations. 

The Wall That Heals is a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. It will be open 24 hours a day free of charge starting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 4 through 4 p.m. on Oct. 8.

The hope is that The Wall That Heals will bring the same healing legacy to those who have not had the opportunity to visit “The Wall” in D.C. There are 58,318 names listed on the 250- foot replica. 

Several special events are planned throughout the memorial’s time here in Knoxville, including:
A presentation of quilts by Quilts of Valor on Friday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m.
A presentation of The Missing Man table and The Soldier’s Cross by Ann M. Wolf on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. immediately followed by keynote speaker Retired Captain Bill Robinson, the longest held enlisted Prisoner of War in U.S. military history. Tickets for a Conversation with Vietnam War POW Capt. Bill Robinson are free and available at: https://goo.gl/6PaMjY 
A presentation of The Missing Man Table and The Soldier’s Cross by Ann. M. Wolf on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. immediately followed by a devotional service conducted by military chaplains. 
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, in addition to parking at the funeral home, overflow parking will be available at the nearby Food City, 4805 N Broadway. On these days between 9 a.m. and noon, a shuttle will provide transportation between Food City and the event site.

For more information on The Wall That Heals, please visit www.knoxwall.org.