The Wall That Heals Exhibit Gets Upgrade As Mobile Education Center Displays Go Digital
Written by Tim Tetz, Director of Outreach
Last July, when The Wall That Heals was displayed in Gloucester, Massachusetts, for the first time ever, VVMF’s mobile Education Center displayed the photographs of the local service members who could be found on The Wall. It quickly became a highlight of the exhibit and drew visitors for long periods of time as they reminisced about lost friends, classmates, and neighbors who could finally be seen on a large computer monitor.
One year later, as The Wall That Heals pulls into Downingtown, Pennsylvania this week, visitors will get the first look at new digital displays in VVMF’s mobile Education Center. Installed in the last two weeks by Creatacor in Clifton Park, NY, three new 75 inch screens will make the visitor experience at The Wall That Heals even more engaging.
One screen will focus on the Wall of Faces – VVMF’s effort to put a name to every face on The Wall. For each day, the photos on display will be those service members on The Wall who were born that day. A second screen will focus on “Hometown Heroes on The Wall” and be customized for each The Wall That Heals stop with photos and information on local service members on The Wall. In the case of Downingtown, it will list the 69 from Chester County, Pennsylvania. A third screen will be devoted to VVMFs In Memory Honor Roll and be customized for each visit. In the case of the Downingtown stop, it will show the 263 Vietnam veterans from Pennsylvania who have been inducted into the In Memory Honor Roll. That screen can also show other items such as the virtual collection of items left at The Wall, the upcoming schedule for The Wall That Heals or other information related to VVMF’s programs.
While the focus of The Wall That Heals exhibit remains a half-scale replica of The Wall, technological enhancements such as these screens, a digital visitors kiosk and other updates guarantee that visitors young and old can appreciate and understand the service and sacrifice of all those who served during the Vietnam Era. These changes would not be possible without the generous support of our national sponsors and donors. We hope you will come out and see us at an upcoming stop. Click here to see the remaining 17 stops of the 2016 season. Applications are being accepted now to host The Wall That Heals in 2017. Click here for an application.