On May 1, 26 Hebron High School NJROTC Cadets volunteered their time to assist in the assembly of the Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial Healing Wall. The event was sponsored by a non -profit organization that travels throughout the country. This year’s event was organized by the city of Lewisville and the wall was displayed at the Bob Wiseman Soccer Complex at Lewisville Lake Park between the dates of May 2 and May 5.
The traveling exhibit honors the more than 3 million Americans who served in the U.S Armed forces during the Vietnam War and it bears the names of more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. The exhibit was opened to the public 24 hours a day and was accompanied by the Mobile Education Center. Lewisville was one of three Texas tour stops in 2019, but was the only North Texas tour stop. The wall is a three-quarter scale wall replica made up of 140 numbered panels and stands 375 feet long and 7.5 feet tall. Like the original memorial, The Wall That Heals is erected in a chevron-shape and visitors can do name rubbings of individual service member’s names on The Wall.
The cadets assembled a good portion of the wall. Cadets expressed that it was a very moving experience and they felt very proud taking part in the assembly of The Healing Wall. Additionally, the Cadets received a brief on how The Wall was established and also received information on some of the individuals whose names were on the wall. One of Hebron’s attending Cadets shared a story of her grandfather whose name was on the wall as well. It was important for her to participate in this event and felt very proud of what she was accomplishing.
The Cadets said they were proud of what they accomplished and walked away with a new found appreciation of the sacrifices these Veterans and their families endured.