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Posted Aug 16, 2018
Alabama Public Television will partner with The Wall That Heals-Huntsville to bring statewide attention to The Wall’s visit to Huntsville on Nov. 1-4, 2018. The Wall will be located at John Hunt Park, site of the old airport in Huntsville.
“It is crucial that we educate future generations about the Vietnam War – and most importantly, remember the people who were part of it” says APT Executive Director Roy Clem. “APT has devoted tremendous efforts to telling the story of Vietnam over the past year – and recognizing the sacrifice of Alabama’s servicemen and women.”
In March of this year, APT helped students in classrooms throughout Alabama and around the country experience the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. in a live, one-hour interactive field trip. Student reporters conducted interviews and visited the Memorial with a veteran, and students in classrooms were able to interact with the student reporters through online polls. The live event was seen by nearly 190,000 students and APT later shared a recording of the field trip with the general public in a broadcast on Memorial Day.
“We’re proud that so many people were able to see and experience the Memorial in Washington through our online field trip,” says Clem, “The event and the broadcast both touched lives – and we know that The Wall That Heals will be a truly powerful experience to anyone who can come to Huntsville.”
Clem encourages people to visit Alabama Public Television’s website at www.aptv.org/Vietnam to learn more about the war before or after they visit The Wall That Heals. APT’s site includes stories about the war submitted by Alabama Vietnam veterans, and interviews APT recorded with a number of veterans last year. Links to watch APT’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial field trip and APT’s award-winning documentary on Alabama’s Jeremiah Denton are also available on the page. Visitors will also find information on the Vietnam Wall of Faces and links to veteran services and resources.
John Perry, Chairman of The Wall That Heals – Huntsville stated “On behalf of TWTH-HSV committee, we are honored to bring “The Wall That Heals” to Huntsville. This will be a somber event for our Vietnam War veterans as they view the names of more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
“Vietnam War Medal of Honor, Mr. Mike Rose, recently said the Wall honors the past but also provides hope for the future. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Mr. Rose endured one of the fiercest battles of the Vietnam War. This as an opportunity for all Veterans of all wars to come together to continue the healing process
“This will also be an opportunity to reunite for all veterans to converge on this grassy area to reminisce and share their stories and experiences. We invite everyone to visit the Wall That Heals and the displays at any time from November 1st to November 4th.”
About The Wall That Heals
The Wall That Heals is a mobile, three-quarter-scale replica of The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., and is presented by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), the founders of The Wall memorial in Washington, D.C. Other partners of TWTH are the City of Huntsville, AUSA Redstone-Huntsville Chapter, the Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial, The Commemorative Partner Program– 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. TWTH is presented by Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation. The host organization is Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1067.
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