VA Bedford needs volunteers to assist with The Wall That Heals.
The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and bears the names of the 58,281 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
By hosting the mobile exhibit at VA Bedford HCS, with assistance from the Town of Bedford, local Veterans and their family members will have a chance to experience The Wall. It provides an opportunity to honor and remember all those who served and sacrificed in the Vietnam War and educate visitors on the continuing impact of the Vietnam War on America.
From Thursday, Sept. 22 until Sunday, Sept. 25, the VA needs volunteers 24 hours per day to greet and assist the thousands of visitors expected daily.
Volunteers should be 18 years or older and be able to stand for extended periods. No experience is necessary, and training will be provided. Interested individual volunteers may sign up for shifts at tinyurl.com/33e2e8w7. Organizations desiring to volunteer or sponsor the visit may contact VA Bedford via email at vhabedTheWallThatHeals@va.gov or call 781-687-3076 to express their interest.
If you would like to schedule a group or guided tour, have a loved one who served in Vietnam or have other questions, visit the Bedford VA TWTH page.
Schedule of events (Subject to change; check back regularly for updates)
Tuesday, Sept. 20: TWTH arrives in the afternoon with motorcycle escort
Wednesday, Sept. 21: Set up TWTH 6 p.m. – Volunteer orientation
Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 22-25: Exhibit is open 24 hours a day for visitors, closing Sunday at 2 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 22
1 p.m. – Suicide Prevention walk
1:30 p.m. – Welcome Home and pinning ceremony
Sunday, Sept. 25: Gold Star Mother’s Day
11 a.m. – Blessing of Gold Star families
2 p.m. – Exhibit closes; take down The Wall That Heals