“The Wall That Heals” to Visit Illinois This Summer

The Wall is a portable commemoration and replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Like the permanent memorial in Washington, D.C., The Wall That Heals carries all 53,253 names incised as the list of the fallen. This summer, the Wall will be installed for public viewings in Jacksonville, LeRoy, Rock Island, and Watseka. The travelling installation’s 2015 summer schedule is covered by Decatur-based WAND-TV.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund moves the 250-foot-long installation to local towns and cities that want to host it for brief periods. As the Wall is delivered to a locality, it is typically escorted by veterans and patriotic Americans. A typical Illinois stop will be in Kiwanis Park in LeRoy from July 23 until July 26. LeRoy is located in rural McLean County, near Bloomington-Normal.