The Wall That Heals

The ‘Wall That Heals’ is a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that will arrive on Aug. 24 in Marysville, Kansas.

A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will arrive in Marysville, Kansas, this month.

The “Wall That Heals” is a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout the country.

The memorial will arrive in Marysville between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 24. The wall will arrive from the north on Highway 77 and enter town on Highway 36 from the west.

It will be escorted by law enforcement, service organizations and American Legion Riders on motorcycles as it progresses to its display destination at the Legion Baseball Field north of the Post Home.

There is no fee to visit the memorial and it will be open 24 hours a day. The memorial will be guarded and there will be lighting at night. The memorial will close at 2 p.m. on Aug. 29 and will leave the same day.

The arrival of the wall is being sponsored by American Legion #163 in Marysville.

As the memorial arrives, the public is invited to bring or pick up a United States flag of any size and form a continuous line beginning at the west junction of Highways 36 and 77. The line will continue until the memorial reaches its destination.

Participants are asked to arrive around 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 24. The idea for a parade of flags was first started by Jim Lindeen and Jim Cohorst with the flags being placed 20 feet apart in a single file.

The flag line will meet the memorial with support from local public and private schools along with nursing homes. State Senator Elaine Bowers also will attend the event.

The wall is one of four replicas that began touring the country in 1996.

The one coming to Marysville is the largest of those crisscrossing the country and will stretch nearly the length of a football field. There are over 58,000 names etched on the wall of service members that were killed during the Vietnam War.

Legion members Ron Green and Dean Thomas said a mobile education center will accompany the wall.

In addition, there will be a rest tent set-up near the wall that will provide visitors with seating and water.

This will be the only stop for the wall in the state of Kansas this year. When it leaves Marysville, it will be moved to Colorado.

Ron Grauer, who organizes Honor Flights in the county, said there were seven military members from Marshall County that lost their lives in the war.

Grauer said the wall honors all Americans that died in the war including fathers and sons. There are thousands of service members under 22 years old honored on the wall.

For more information, contact Grauer by phone at 785-713-9061 or by email at hiflight24@yahoo.com.