‘THE WALL THAT HEALS’ VISIT TO BLACKFOOT has been rescheduled for fall of 2021
by Corinne Dionisio
Feb. 1, 2021
BLACKFOOT, Idaho — The Wall That Heals event has been rescheduled to take place Sept. 16-19. Blackfoot, Idaho will host the Vietnam Veterans memorial replica at Jensen Grove Park where it will be open for viewing to Vietnam veterans, family members and members of the public.
The event had originally been scheduled to take place last fall but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the event provides healing opportunities for Vietnam veterans and their families, it also attracts COVID-19 vulnerable members of our population. Canceling the 2020 tour season was a difficult decision and Ted Tetz, the VVMF Director of Outreach said at the time,
“while we were setting up TWTH in Bedford, an older woman approached me asking how to find a name on The Wall. Vicky wanted to help bring panel 5W out of the trailer. Her little brother was on that panel, SSGT Roger Holler. She was too moved and physically unfit to do much in hauling the panel, but as we unloaded it, she touched his name and kept her fingers on it as we installed it in the frames. She was moved to tears (as we all were) and mentioned how many years it had been since she’d seen his name in Washington D.C. As much as I celebrate the opportunity we had to bring this healing to her, we could never forgive ourselves if she became sick because of it.”
Fortunately new vaccines, declining COVID-19 infection rates in Idaho and more experience with the virus bode well for the TWTH 2021 tour schedule. The Blackfoot TWTH committee will be sharing new updates via their website and social media.