About 10,000 People Visited "The Wall that Heals" Memorial

By: Mike Buda, Lauren Kravets
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LOVES PARK (WIFR) – About 10,000 people paid tribute to those who died serving in the Vietnam War, according to the Rockford Chapter of VietNow.

A traveling display of “The Wall That Heals” stopped at the Field of Honor in Loves Park from Thursday through Sunday. It listed more than 58,000 names.


STATELINE (WIFR) – Hundreds of area students are learning about the Vietnam War from veterans.

On field trips today, kids talked to some who participated in the war while visiting “The Wall That Heals,” a replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. The 250 foot-long wall has more than 58,000 names of those who died during the war.

“So many people lost their lives in this war and it’s kind of amazing of how many from our area have lost their lives.”

VietNow hosting a POW/MIA Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony at Loves Park Village Hall tonight at 7 p.m.


LOVES PARK (WIFR) – Local veterans in Loves Park are giving everyone a chance to remember those lost in Vietnam.

People have been showing up sporadically throughout the day at the field of honor to get a glimpse of “The Wall That Heals.”

The replica Vietnam Veteran Memorial officially opened up this morning with a ceremony just outside Loves Park City Hall. The 250 foot-long wall has more than 58,000 names of the men and women who died due to the 20-year-long war. It’s veterans who just want to teach people about what went on more than 40 years ago.

“People have to realize how miserable it was over there and just show them what we can. I don’t think they tell much of it in school about Vietnam. I think it needs to be carried on so people know what’s happening.”

The wall will be in the Stateline through Sunday at 5 p.m. where they will hold a closing ceremony. The memorial is open 24 hours a day and everyone is welcome to stop buy anytime.

Organizers say hundreds of local school kids will be visiting the wall on Friday so they can talk to them about their firsthand experiences. VietNow will also be hosting a POW/MIA candlelight remembrance ceremony Friday night at 7 p.m.


UPDATE: LOVES PARK (WIFR) – A local veteran group is trying to give a lesson to our area’s youth by bringing the history to them.

More than 58,000 names are inscribed in the replica Vietnam Memorial and it will be at Field of Honor through Sunday. The 250 foot long “Wall that Heals” is open to the public starting Thursday. Organizers with VietNow say this is a perfect opportunity to teach younger people about the war.

“We just feel it’s really important that as we get older, we pass that along to the younger generation that what these men sacrificed their lives for is not in vein. It will continue in future generations that they will know what was done.”

The wall opens to the public Thursday at 9 a.m. VietNow is conducting a POW/MIA candlelight remembrance ceremony Friday night at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 5 p.m. the closing ceremony will wrap up this wall’s visit. The wall will be open 24 hours a day.


LOVES PARK (WIFR) – A special display memorializing veterans of the Vietnam War will be coming to Rockford this fall.

The Wall That Heals will be at the Field of Honor in Loves Park as part of the Rockford chapter VietNow’s POW/MIA Remembrance Day Ceremony.

The half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall will travel from Washington DC and will stay from September 11th through the 14th.

“There are over 100 names on the wall that are from The Winnebago County area and this is an opportunity for a lot of people that have not been able to make the trip to Washington, D.C. to come and see their friends’ and loved one’ names on the wall,” said Rockford VietNow Vice President Loren Salzman.

Loves Park is also home to the Arthur Anderson Peace Park which includes several monuments dedicated to veterans.


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