‘Wall That Heals’ seeks volunteers for August shutdown in Kearney

KERNEY-“The healing wallwill pass through Kearney on the second weekend of August, August 11-14. The traveling three-quarter replica of the Vietnam War Memorial brings to each of its 25 destinations an annual reminder of the sacrifice of the United States Armed Forces. forces during the conflict.

This year’s visit to the walls also commemorates a special anniversary: ​​the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC turns 40 this year.

Volunteer coordinator Melinda Haag says the wall evokes unique but equally powerful reminders in visitors. “Each person who visits the wall has a very personal reason for being there. It could be for the people they served with, a family member. I have a close family member whose fiancé’s name is on the wall.

The wall visit to Kearney, chosen from an overwhelming number of applicants from across the United States, not only coincides with the 40e anniversary of the wall in DC, but also with the reunion of Vietnam War veterans from Nebraska.

“We are very honoured,” says Haag, “that ‘The Wall That Heals’ is in Kearney at the same time as the reunion.”

Given the scale of the operation, the erection of the wall and its destruction, the need for volunteers is ongoing, even with the promised support of some of Kearney’s familiar faces.

“The UNK Wrestling Team has committed to having fifty wrestlers and coaches who will help us on both days. Akrs Equipment and the YRTC send a contingent to help us in this sacred task.

For those who are a bit shy around masonry, Haag says the project needs multiple hands in different ways. “We also have what we call general volunteers. Our mission is to never leave the wall unattended from installation to breakdown. We will therefore need people to help find names on the wall, to help guide visitors to the wall, and to answer any questions on the wall. We actually need 132 volunteers for this.

Those interested in installing or deconstructing the wall should know: construction begins one day before opening on August 10. Anyone interested in volunteering throughout the wall presentation should contact Melinda Haag directly by phone at (308) 379-8840 or by email. at [email protected]

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