The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is a nonprofit organization commissioned by Congress in 1980 to build a national memorial dedicated to those who served in the Vietnam War. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial (also known as The Wall) currently stands in Washington, D.C., and has become one of the most visited sites in our nation’s capital.
In 1996, the VVMF publicly introduced a half-scale replica of The Wall in D.C. The purpose of this model was to transport it to American communities for temporary display. Since then, the replica (known as The Wall That Heals) has visited more than 400 communities throughout the nation.
The Wall That Heals came to Illinois on June 3, 2015. GCG volunteers assisted a team of both veterans and civilians with the assembling of The Wall at Cabela’s in Hoffman Estates. The final product was a 250 foot long memorial surrounded by 4,000 full-size American Flags representing every American POW/MIA from the Vietnam War who did not return home.
The Wall That Heals remained on display in Hoffman Estates for a week before traveling to other Illinois cities throughout the month of June.
For more information about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund or The Wall That Heals, visit www.vvmf.org/aboutus.