The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) recently made headlines due to its successful collaboration with Wreaths Across America. Now, TCA is ready to give back again, this time in working with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. TCA and the VVMF will work together to bring The Wall That Heals to communities across America. The Wall That Heals is a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, that honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces during the Vietnam War. The wall bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
“This partnership is a natural progression of the trucking industry’s commitment to honor our veterans and to promote education about the value of service,” said Brad Bentley, president of TCA. “It’s an opportunity for us to keep the logistics for a valuable project running smoothly by doing what we do best as an industry.”
With over four million visitors each year, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the most visited Memorial in Washington, D.C. Still, many Americans have been unable to visit the monument. Bringing the portable version of the wall to communities throughout the nation provides thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of facing The Wall to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities.
TCA is excited about the opportunity to provide its member companies and professional truck drivers with a way to continue the legacy of service present at TCA, following the success of the Wreaths Across America collaboration. TCA drivers will drive the trailer hauling the Vietnam Veterans Memorial exhibit, which includes The Wall replica as well as an accompanying mobile education center.
“Partnering with TCA will enable us to continue our mission to honor and preserve the legacy of The Wall and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War,” said Jim Knotts, CEO of VVMF. “We are currently raising funds to upgrade the physical structure of The Wall That Heals, and this partnership helps immensely toward this goal.”
The Wall That Heals debuted in 1996, and has been visited by over two million people since then. It has made stops in nearly 400 communities across the United States, and has visited Ireland and Canada. The Wall That Heals features a half-scale replica of the memorial in Washington. It is nearly 250 feet in length, and takes on the Chevron shape of the original memorial.
When The Wall That Heals visits a community, it provides an educational experience for local schools and organizations on the history of the Vietnam era and The Wall. The exhibit features photos of service members whose names are found on The Wall, letters and memorabilia left at The Wall in Washington, D.C., a map of Vietnam, and a chronological overview of the conflict. The exhibits seek to put American experiences in Vietnam in a historical and cultural context.
Get more information on The Wall That Heals, including the 2015 tour schedule, on their website. For information about the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), visit the link at the top of the page.