We are happy to announce that The Wall That Heals is once again scheduled to visit Blackfoot, Idaho on Sept. 16-19. Our original hosting event was scheduled for last fall but was unfortunately canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please follow us on Facebook to receive additional updates as they become available.
The Wall That heals is a scaled replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. that was first unveiled on Veterans Day 1996 by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. TWTH travels throughout the nation to help us honor our fallen heroes and help those they left behind heal within the familiarity and support of their local communities.
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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 add, 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.