Vietnam veterans memorial The Wall That Heals in Rockford through Sept. 14

Staff Report

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is bringing The Wall That Heals traveling half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to Rockford this week. The Wall will be hosted by the Rockford Charter Chapter VietNow for four days of events and activities dedicated to honoring and remembering veterans.

The Wall That Heals arrived Tuesday, Sept. 9, and will be open to the public starting Thursday, Sept. 11, through the closing ceremony at 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 14. The event is free and open to the public.

Tim Tetz, director of outreach for VVMF, will be available to talk about The Wall That Heals and other VVMF programs, including Faces Never Forgotten — an initiative to find a photo to go with each of the 58,300 names on The Wall. Nearly 3,000 Illinois veterans are listed on The Wall, and of those, nearly 1,300 photos are still missing. Help is needed to find each and every one of them so these Illinois heroes are never forgotten.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is the nonprofit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in 1982 in Washington, D.C. On Veterans Day 1996, VVMF unveiled the half-scale replica — The Wall That Heals — to travel to communities throughout the United States. Since then, it’s visited more than 350 cities throughout the nation, spreading the memorial’s healing legacy to millions. For more information, visit


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