Individuals pay their respects to the servicemen and women who gave their lives in the Vietnam War at “The Wall That Heals,” which will be on display on the Athens Campus Sept. 14-17.

Individuals pay their respects to the servicemen and women who gave their lives in the Vietnam War at “The Wall That Heals,” which will be on display on the Athens Campus Sept. 14-17.

Photo courtesy of: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

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Volunteers needed to staff replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial

‘The Wall That Heals’ to be on display Sept. 14-17 at Bicentennial Park


A highlight of Ohio University’s upcoming fall semester will be the display of a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Athens Campus, and volunteers are needed to help staff this tribute to those who served and died in the Vietnam War.

“The Wall That Heals” is scheduled to arrive on the Athens Campus on Wednesday, Sept. 13, and will be on display 24 hours a day at OHIO’s Bicentennial Park beginning at 6 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, and ending at noon on Sunday, Sept. 17. 

Volunteers from the OHIO community are needed to staff the display during four- to five-hour shifts that begin at 6 a.m. on Sept. 14 and run through noon on Sept. 17. The shifts are scheduled as follows:

  • 6 to 10 a.m.
  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Noon to 4 p.m.
  • 4 to 8 p.m.
  • 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • 1 to 6 a.m.

At least eight people are needed to staff the day and evening shifts (6 a.m. to 8 p.m.), and at least three people are needed to staff the night and overnight shifts (8 p.m. to 6 a.m.).

Volunteers will be expected to greet those visiting the display and to help those needing assistance with operating computers that will be located in “The Wall That Heals” mobile education center. The computers allow visitors to the display to look up the more than 58,300 names engraved on the wall and listed by day of casualty.

“The most important requirement for those interested in volunteering is that they are truly committed and show up for their shift,” said Dave Edwards Sr., director of OHIO’s Brigadier General James M. Abraham and Colonel Arlene F. Greenfield Veterans and Military Student Services Center.

The Veterans and Military Student Services Center and the Campus Involvement Center are spearheading “The Wall That Heals” visit with support from partners through the University and Athens communities. The Athens Campus is one of more than 40 communities on the wall’s 2017 national tour.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund unveiled “The Wall That Heals” on Veterans Day 1996 as part of its mission to honor and preserve the legacy of service and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War. Since its dedication, the wall has visited more than 400 communities through the United States.

At approximately 250 feet long, “The Wall That Heals” and its 24 individual panels are erected in a chevron shape consistent with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The mobile education center that accompanies “The Wall That Heals” houses exhibits designed to tell the story of the Vietnam War and the era surrounding the conflict as well as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The exhibits include photos of service members whose names are found on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, as well as letters and memorabilia left at the memorial in Washington, D.C.

Those interested in volunteering to staff “The Wall That Heals” during its OHIO visit are asked to email Brian Heilmeier, senior assistant director for student activities at OHIO’s Campus Involvement Center, at heilmeie@ohio.edu and provide the following information:

  • A phone number where you can be reached
  • The shift or shifts you are interested in
  • And, if you have a group of people interested, the name and contact information for a group leader

A welcoming ceremony for “The Wall That Heals” is being planned for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at Bicentennial Park. Details will be announced in Compass the week of Aug. 28.