As part of events commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, the Rock Island Arsenal will play host to "The Wall That Heals," a half scale replica of the National Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C.
The official ceremony dedicating the display will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 30, at Rock Island Arsenal's Memorial Field. Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America No. 776 Color Guard will post colors for the ceremony.
Bill Albracht, three-time Silver Star recipient and president of the Vietnam Veterans of America No. 299, will be the keynote speaker at the event.
The Wall That Heals is presented by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. It will be displayed along with a mobile information center. Although guests cannot take "rubbings" from the Wall, a procedure allows them to fill out a form, and the Fund will mail them a rubbing of the selected name from the Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.
If you'd like to attend the opening ceremony remember to give yourself plenty of time to get through Arsenal security. Anyone over the age of 16 needs to have a government-issued I.D. like a state driver's license.
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