The Candlelight Welcome Home Ceremony
A Candlelight Ceremony will be held at The Wall on Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. Our community will honor all the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who perished in Vietnam.
Nine wreaths, one each for the eight community men killed in Vietnam and another for survivors who have died since the war, will be placed at The Wall by Gold Star families and a military escort.
Visitors will have the opportunity to experience The Wall by candlelight.
U.S. Army Lt. Col. (retired) Dr. James Johnson, a Vietnam War chaplain, will be the principal speaker. Area Boys Scouts will assist in the lighting and there will be special music.
Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets because seating is limited. The ceremony will last about 40 minutes.
Welcome Home Celebration
Dozens of Vietnam veterans will follow the U.S. Marine 2D Aircraft Wing band to The Wall That Heals at Lake Benson Park. The band will go into formation and perform a concert in front of The Wall.
(Vietnam veterans and a guest can park at Lake Benson Park and be transported to the starting point of the celebration. The Vietnam veterans and their guest will have reserved seating, but others are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.)
The Wall That Heals Documentary
The 30-minute program tells the stories of six North Carolina service members who perished in Vietnam, including Garner’s W. Harold Till, Jr.; examines the lingering effects of the war on our service members; and features music by the U.S. Marine 2D Aircraft Wing band.
For more information, visit thewallthathealsdocumentary.com.