"The Wall That Heals" Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Reagan Library in Simi Valley November 18-22

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial stands as a symbol of America's honor and recognition of the men and women who served and sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War. Inscribed on the black granite walls are the names of more than 58,000 men and women who gave their lives or remain missing. Yet the Memorial itself is dedicated to honor the “courage, sacrifice and devotion to duty and country” of all who answered the call to serve during one of the longest wars in U.S. history. The Wall was built by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which now takes The Wall That Heals, a half-scale replica of The Wall, around the country.

The Wall That Heals will open at the Reagan Library at noon on Wednesday, November 18th and will remain open around the clock until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 22nd. The Wall will be located outdoors on the Reagan Library’s White House South Lawn replica.  There is no charge to view The Wall That Heals.  

Accompanying The Wall replica is a mobile Education Center that displays the photos of some of the service members whose names are found on The Wall. Items on display include handwritten letters, American flags, trophies, and other sentimental items left at The Wall.  The Reagan Library has included additional items for display from its collection, including John McCain’s POW bracelet and a POW flag, carried by 200 Vietnam Veterans from Alamosa, CO to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park in Angel Fire, NM in 1988.

 Wall That Heals Mobile Education Center

Wall That Heals Mobile Education Center

On Thursday, November 19 at 10:00 a.m. there will be a public opening ceremony for The Wall That Heals. The event will include live music, an honor guard, and special remarks, which include the reading of all 106 Ventura County residents’ names that are on The Wall. Admission is free but reservations are recommended by visiting www.reaganlibrary.com/events

Community members looking to volunteer at The Wall (four hour shifts around the clock) should sign-up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48aaa723a1f85-volunteer1.

For more information, please visit www.reaganlibrary.com/VietnamWall or call 805-522-2977.

Additional Programs:

Nov 19 Hometown Heroes: The 11th grade students of Chatsworth Charter High School have created an exhibit sharing the stories they’ve learned about "Hometown Heroes" who have returned home from the Vietnam War. The exhibit will be on display from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the Library's Presidential Learning Center Auditorium. A handful of the students will conduct a special presentation from 11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. on their Hometown Hero. There is no charge to attend this event.

Nov 20 "Ask a Veteran": Meet and speak with local Veterans who are there to answer your questions.  Veterans will rotate out every hour on the hour between 9am and 3pm, answering questions from 9am until 4pm. For more information about this event, including Veteran’s names and bios, please visit www.reaganlibrary.com/events. There is no charge to attend this event.

Nov 21 Movie Screening: “Brave! Common Men, Uncommon Valor” Stop by at 1:00 p.m. for a free movie screening of an extraordinary documentary in our main auditorium. Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor tells the very personal story of Bravo Company, First Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, a regiment of young men, untested, mostly new to Vietnam, who were trapped in one of the worst sieges in the history of American warfare, the siege of Khe Sanh.  GI Film Festival Winner for Best Documentary! Free of charge.

The Reagan Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.  Located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley, the Museum admission fees are $16.00 general admission, $13.00 for seniors 62 and over, $9.00 for children 11-17, and $6 for children 3-10. For more information, please call (800) 410-8354.