We are happy to announce that The Wall That Heals will visit Jensen Grove Park this fall.
The Wall That Heals is a mobile Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial replica that visits local communities throughout the country. The traveling memorial helps American communities join together in honoring local heroes. In doing so, it helps surviving veterans and surviving loved ones feel the appreciation and support their own communities have for those that gave everything. Everyone is invited to join us in Blackfoot this fall. The event is free to the public but will only be in town for a few days so don’t miss this opportunity to see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica in person and learn more about our fallen warriors at the replicas traveling education center.
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In an effort to always remember their sacrifice, each week we will share Bingham and surrounding county story spotlights for each of the brave heroes we lost during Vietnam. If you have any fond memories about our local heroes that you would like us to share, please send us a message here or through our Facebook page.
Pfc. John G. Larson was a U.S. Army medic in the 1st Cavalry division. He paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam conflict on Dec. 30, 1966 – four months after being in country. In one of his letters home, Larson described his experiences. He talked about walking up and down mountains covered by bus so tall he could barely see the sky. He also mentioned eating C rations out of cans three times a day, shaving only once in a while, and not having been able to bathe for two weeks. Larson also mentioned in his letter that Vietnam was beautiful and that he should have been a missionary there instead of a soldier. Pfc. Larson was originally from Blackfoot, Idaho. You can find his name on panel 13E, Line 102 of The Wall That Heals when it visits us this fall.
Learn more about Pfc. John G Larson on his VVMF page.
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