For the Seventh Year, TCA and Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Partner to Bring “The Wall That Heals” to Communities

12/03/2021

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Announces 2022 The Wall That Heals Tour Schedule

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica Wall and Mobile Education Center spreads healing legacy of The Wall and educates about the impact of the Vietnam War

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia:

For the seventh year, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) is honored to continue its partnership with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF).

Since 2015, TCA carrier members have transported “The Wall That Heals,” an exhibit which includes a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile Education Center, to communities nationwide. The traveling exhibit honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the 58,281 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

This year, the 27th season of The Wall That Heals will begin on March 24, 2022, in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and visit 29 communities during the year.

“Partnering with TCA enables us to continue our mission to honor and preserve the legacy of The Wall That Heals and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War,” shared VVMF President and CEO Jim Knotts. “We look forward to providing communities with a healing experience for local veterans and their families and an educational experience for all visitors on the continuing impact of the Vietnam War on America.”

Each year a TCA for-hire member is selected to host a sponsored stop, courtesy of VVMF. The organizations are eager to share that announcement once able.

TCA encourages its member companies to support the effort; historic haulers will be contacted on December 15, 2021, while those interested in hauling for the first time are encouraged to express interest beginning January 15 via the following website.

Each year, VVMF receives more applications to host the exhibit than can be accommodated. For the 2022 tour schedule, preferential consideration was given to cancelled sites from the 2020 tour that reapplied for 2022.

The Wall That Heals 2022 Tour dates include:

  • Bay St. Louis, Mississippi March 24 – March 27
  • Garner, North Carolina March 31 – April 3
  • Crawfordsville, Arkansas April 7 – April 10
  • Knoxville, Tennessee April 21 – April 24
  • New Castle, Delaware April 28 – May 1
  • Findlay, Ohio May 5 – May 8
  • Belvidere, Illinois May 12 – May 15
  • Winchester, Indiana May 19 – May 22
  • Erie, Pennslyvannia May 27 – May 30
  • Norwalk, Connecticut June 2 – June 5
  • Chisholm, Minnesota June 23 – June 26
  • Franklin, Wisconsin June 30 – July 3
  • Chicago Heights, Illinois July 7 – July 10
  • Battle Creek, Michigan July 14 – July 17
  • Eagan, Minnesota July 21 – July 24
  • Winsted, Minnesota July 28 – July 31
  • Tama, Iowa August 4 – August 7
  • Kearney, Nebraska August 11 – August 14
  • Mead, Colorado August 18 – August 21
  • Payson, Arizona August 25 – August 28
  • Warrenton, Missouri September 8 – September 11
  • Middletown, New York September 15 – September 18
  • Bedford, Massachusetts September 22 – September 25
  • Methuen, Massachusetts September 29 – October 2
  • Sayre, Pennsylvania October 6 – October 9
  • Charlotte, North Carolina October 20 – October 23
  • Anahuac, Texas October 27 – October 30
  • San Antonio, Texas November 3 – November 6
  • Cabot, Arkansas November 10 – November 13

The Wall That Heals is generously sponsored by USAA. Through a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), the trucking industry, and Blue Beacon, the exhibit is able to travel across the country. Hosts in each community provide for the location, volunteers, and preparations necessary to replicate the experience a visitor would have at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.

VVMF will work closely with each community to maintain and exceed health and safety standards as established by the appropriate federal, state and local authorities.

“Nothing is more important to VVMF than the health and well-being of our Vietnam veterans and their families. We will work to provide the best visitor experience while keeping the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors at top of mind,” said Knotts.

Listen to Recent Segment

On Veteran’s Day of 2021, VVMF’s Director of Outreach Tim Tetz was a guest on TCA’s Radio Nemo Show segment “Load ’em Up, Move ’em Out.” Listen as he shares the relationship with TCA and its members, the importance of the mobile education center, how trucking companies and drivers can get involved, and more.