A visit to The Wall That Heals at Garner’s Lake Benson Park can be a step back in time or a look to the future. The visit can teach you things that you never knew or bring back memories of one of the most divisive times in United States history.
The Wall That Heals is a traveling ¾ scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and it evokes the same emotions. More than 58,000 names are etched in the wall. 58,000 names of people who were killed while in service to our country.
When you arrive at The Wall That Heals, you will have the opportunity to visit the Mobile Education Center that travels with The Wall. The displays set the stage for your walk to The Wall. As you approach, the size of the wall overwhelms you and the enormity of the sacrifice confronts you.
Ambassadors will be on hand to help you find a name or make an etching or answer questions. You may choose to visit for less than an hour, but benches are available to sit and think for hours. There is no hurry. The Wall That Heals will be open 24 hours a day while it is at Garner’s Lake Benson Park.
- The Wall That Heals is open 24 hours Thursday, March – 31 through Sunday, April 3.
- There is no admission charge.
- Visitors can take in the exhibit at their own pace or sign up for a group tour.
- Accompanied children are welcome to attend.
- No dogs or pets are permitted, except for service animals.
- There are no concessions or souvenirs available for purchase.
- There is abundant free parking at The Wall That Heals.
- Golf carts are available on a limited basis for guests who have limited mobility.
Visitors are asked to maintain the reflective atmosphere.
About The Garner Veterans Memorial
The Garner Veterans Memorial is located at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, Garner, NC 27529. Although we do not all have opportunity to serve our nation and earn the title of veteran, we do have the opportunity to be patriots and show our respect and support for those who have served. The memorial was designed to honor all veterans, especially those who died during conflict and war. Visitors to the memorial have an opportunity to read a brief but informative history of our war-torn past and reflect on our many decades of peace. There are benches that offer a place to sit and contemplate our past, present and future.
The Garner Veterans Memorial features pillars with the names of 67 Garner-area veterans who died serving their country.