The Wall That Heals: How the VVMF and TCA Support Our Veterans.Transportfolio
As we approach Veterans Day, our country’s day of observance for all military veterans who have served and sacrificed in the U.S. Armed Forces, I’d like to tell you about a traveling memorial that was created to pay honor and respect to our nation’s veterans.
A joint effort between the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) and the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), The Wall That Heals is a mobile half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (“The Wall”) that stands in Washington, D.C. The 250-foot wall travels to communities across the country to spread The Wall’s healing legacy to people who may not be able to visit the memorial in our nation’s capital. Like The Wall, it bears the names of more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam and honors the nearly 8 million Americans who served during the Vietnam War.
The heritage of the armed forces is, in many ways, similar to what’s found in the trucking industry: a culture of problem solving and teamwork, meeting important timelines, being entrusted with significant equipment, and completing a mission. That’s something that makes the VVMF and TCA partnership so important to us.
When The Wall That Heals—along with its mobile education center companion—arrives in locations across the country, it brings with it a way to commemorate veterans in their own communities. It also offers an impactful educational experience for children at local schools, community organizations, and anyone else who wants to learn about the history of the Vietnam War.
So how does The Wall That Heals crisscross the country? Our generous volunteers make it all possible. Carriers, owner operators, and trucking companies volunteer their services to haul the exhibit to a single event or cover the transport to multiple events across a region. By the end of this year, The Wall will have made it to nearly 40 cities. Many communities welcome the exhibit into their town with a parade, complete with motorcyclists and police escorts. It’s a moving, poignant moment that means so much to veterans, community members, carriers, and everyone who participates.
While the primary focus of the event is to honor veterans in cities around the United States, it has several wide-reaching ancillary benefits. Carriers and trucking companies have the privilege of playing a significant role in honoring the legacy of veterans’ bravery and sacrifice by hauling heroes’ names. Veterans are connected to job and career pathing opportunities in the trucking industry. Communities have a tangible way to support and recognize local veterans together.
I hope you have the opportunity to visit The Wall That Heals in a town near you. And thank you, veterans, for your service to our country.