Wall that Heals in Muskogee

The Wall That Heals, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to Muskogee on April 6-10 at the Muskogee War Memorial Park: Home of the USS Batfish.

Opening 5 p.m. on April 6, The Wall That Heals will be open 24 hours a day at the Muskogee War Memorial Park at 3500 Batfish Road. For more information, contact the Muskogee War Memorial Park at 918.682.6294 or info@warmemorialpark.org. During The Wall That Heals tour, the USS Batfish will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission prices to the USS Batfish is: $7 for adults; $5 for students, seniors and veterans; $3 for children and  free for children (under 7). The museum at the Muskogee War Memorial Park will remain open with free admission during The Wall That Heals tour.

The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces during the Vietnam War and its walls bear the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the most visited memorial in Washington, D.C, with more than four million visitors each year. However, many Americans have not been able to visit “The Wall.” The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), the organization that built The Wall, wants to give all veterans and their family members all across America an opportunity to see the Memorial.

“Taking The Wall That Heals on the road gives thousands more veterans and their family members an opportunity to see The Wall and honor those who have served and sacrificed so much,” said Jim Knotts, CEO of VVMF. “It helps veterans from all of America’s conflicts to find healing and a powerful connection through their common military experiences.”

Since its debut in 1996, more than two million people have visited The Wall That Heals sites. It has made stops in nearly 400 U.S. communities in addition to an April 1999 tour of the Four Provinces of Ireland and a visit to Canada in 2005.

Hosting The Wall That Heals provides a community with a multi-day experience that includes an educational experience for local schools and organizations on the history of the Vietnam era and The Wall.

The exhibit includes a mobile Education Center comprised of: photos of service members whose names are found on The Wall; letters and memorabilia left at The Wall in D.C.; a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the conflict in Vietnam.