Wall that Heals UH1 Display in Spokane Valley —Aug 24-27th:

Photographs by Jerry Mellick

The KSPS Public Television Station, along with Eastern Washington University, is sponsoring “The Wall That Heals”, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, on August 24-27, 2017 at Mirabeau Park in Spokane Valley.  Eastern Washington University has developed three public forums about the Viet Nam War, with the with the first two having been completed. (Click on these links for maps to these locations in Spokane Valley, WA.) Members are encouraged to help man the aircraft to answer questions.

“The Wall That Heals” will be strategically located across the street from the Spokane Vet Center whose clinicians specialize in working with combat Veterans and their families. This placement will help ensure that clinical support resources will be readily available to our local combat Veterans and family members as they visit.  The Vet Center, the largest in the nation will be in operation 24 hours a day to assist with any support required for Viet Nam veterans who might want to avail themselves of their services.

All of this is a lead up to the 10-part historical documentary series, produced by acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns, “The Vietnam War,” in September.

The Washington Chapter is bringing a UH-1 Huey to the event from the Olympia Flight Museum, Olympia, WA area and will have it stationed in close proximately to the Wall.  It will be staffed with VHPA members from both sides of the state.  When the option of having the Huey co-located with the Wall was offered, the sponsoring organizations were extremely happy to have our Huey, being the iconic representation of the Viet Nam War.

During the event, we will be taking pictures and talking to veterans, aviators and others alike, and plan on collecting as many remembrances and stories as possible to provide an article for the Aviator Magazine.

Detailed Schedule for The Wall that Heals:

Mirabeau Meadows at Mirabeau Point Park
13500 Mirabeau Parkway, Spokane Valley

Thursday August 24
Around the clock public viewing, volunteers on-site
9am-10am Opening ceremony  at Mirabeau Meadows – see program
10:30–11:45am Recognition of regional Names of the Fallen– Spokane Veterans Forum volunteers
10am – 4pm FAFB Airmen and Army Soldiers stand guard
10:30 am – 5pm Preview Screenings of Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War  – at Spokane Veterans Center across the street from Mirabeau Meadows
6:00pm Recognition of regional Names of the Fallen– Spokane Veterans Forum volunteers
7:44pm Playing of Taps at sunset
Friday, August 25
Around the clock public viewing, volunteers on-site
9 am – 4pm FAFB Airmen and Army Soldiers stand guard
10am Recognition of regional Names of the Fallen– Spokane Veterans Forum volunteers
10 am – 5pm Preview Screenings of Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War  – at Spokane Veterans Center
4pm-8pm Spokane County Sheriff Explorers provide parking lot assistance
6pm Recognition of regional Names of the Fallen– Spokane Veterans Forum volunteers
7:43pm Playing of Taps at sunset
9 pm – 10pm Zuill Bailey plays cello
Saturday, August 26
Around the clock public viewing, volunteers on-site
9 am – 4 pm FAFB Airmen and Army Soldiers stand guard
10 am Recognition of regional Names of the Fallen– Spokane Veterans Forum volunteers
9 am-noon Preview Screenings of Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War  – at Spokane Veterans Center
10 am – 8 pm Spokane County Sheriff Explorers provide parking lot assistance
6 pm Recognition of regional Names of the Fallen– Spokane Veterans Forum volunteers
7:42 pm Playing of Taps at sunset
8 pm – 9 pm Zuill Bailey plays cello
Sunday, August 27
Until 4:00 pm Continued public viewing with volunteers on-site
9 am – 3 pm FAFB Airmen and Army Soldiers stand guard
10 am Recognition of regional Names of the Fallen– Spokane Veterans Forum volunteers
11 am-noon Zuill Bailey plays cello
11:30 am-3 pm Spokane County Sheriff Explorers provide parking lot assistance
4:00 pm Brief Closing ceremony at The Wall – Playing of Taps
4:30 pm Take-down by FAFB volunteers

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