06 May 2023 Texas Capital Area Members visit the Wall That Heals

06 May 2023 Texas Capital Area Members visit the Wall That Heals

Flags on Path to the Wall
Photo by: Nancy Berlad

Kyle, Texas

Several members from the Texas Capital Area Chapter visited "The Wall That Heals" (Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Replica)on Saturday, May 6 in Kyle, Texas.

The exhibit was hosted by the AMVETS 115 & the City of Kyle. The event was a somber affair with many families of the fallen in attendance. The Kyle Fire Department was also represented.

About The Wall replica 

The three-quarter scale Wall replica is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. With the replica at this size, visitors are able to experience The Wall rising above them as they walk towards the apex, a key feature of the design of The Wall in D.C.

Like the original Memorial, The Wall That Heals is erected in a chevron-shape and visitors are able to do name rubbings of individual service member’s names on The Wall. The names are listed in order of date of casualty and alphabetically on each day. Beginning at the center/apex, the names start on the East Wall (right-hand side) working their way out to the end of that wing, picking up again at the far end of the West Wall (left-hand side) and working their way back in to the center/apex. The first and last casualties are side by side at the apex of the Memorial.

The replica is constructed of Avonite, a synthetic granite, and its 144 individual panels are supported by an aluminum frame. Modern LED lighting from the top of The Wall provides readability of The Wall at night.

The 28th season of The Wall That Heals will begin on March 16, 2023 in San Luis Obispo, CA and visit 32 communities during the year. The traveling exhibit honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the 58,281 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.