2018-04-12 / Front Page

Replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial to visit; volunteers needed

The Wall The Heals will make its only Georgia stop later this month in Lincolnton. The Wall The Heals will make its only Georgia stop later this month in Lincolnton. As the time grows closer to the arrival of the “The Wall That Heals,” there continues to be a need for more volunteers from the local community.

“The Wall That Heals,” a scaled replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial located in Washington, D.C., along with a mobile Education Center, is scheduled to visit for a three-day event located at the Curry Colvin Recreational Center on Rowland York Road in Lincolnton, April 26-29.

The 2018 national The Wall That Heals tour is hauled through a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association and the trucking industry and sponsored by USAA, FedEx and GEICO. Local sponsors are American Legion Post 194 and Thomas Lane American Legion Post 597.

The three-quarter-scale Wall replica is 375 feet in length and stands over seven feet high at its tallest point. The replica is constructed of a synthetic granite, and its 144 individual panels are supported by an aluminum frame. LED lighting provides readability of The Wall day and night.

A new 53-foot trailer transports The Wall That Heals from community to community. When parked, the trailer opens into the Education Center with exhibits built into its sides.

Although the local sponsors for the wall are the American Legion Thomas Lane Post 597 and American Legion Post 194, Ernie Guthrie is acting as the coordinator for the historic mobile memorial’s stop in Lincolnton.

“The volunteers will be guiding people at the wall itself and assisting people at the interactive educational trailer,” Guthrie said. The wall will be available for viewing 24 hours a day and volunteers will be needed around the clock. However, each shift will be only four hours long. Volunteers will not be asked to do security duty.

Training, which is mandatory for all volunteers, will take place on Wednesday, April 25, at 6 p.m. at the Curry Colvin Recreational Center. Light refreshments will be served.

This will be a unique opportunity to see the traveling exhibit honoring the Americans who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War. Lincoln County will be the only location this year in Georgia.

The Wall That Heals bears more than 58,000 names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

“We’re also encouraging all businesses and individuals to fly a U.S. flag during this time, as we hope for a large turnout from our citizens and also people from the surrounding counties. We hope all will participate in showing support for our veterans,” Guthrie said.

Further details, including the route the exhibit will take through town, will be published in next week’s edition of The Lincoln Journal (available at The News-Reporter office).

Individuals wishing to donate their time are urged to call Guthrie at 706- 359-7583, and leave your name and cell number.

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