Vietnam Memorial Wall that Heals Visits Oregon

March 12, 2019

 

Spruce Point Assisted Living in Florence, Oregon is the primary host organization bringing ‘The Wall That Heals’ to Florence in April of 2019 for the Wall’s only appearance in the state of Oregon for this year. A program of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, founders of the Wall in Washington DC, this traveling display is a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. In addition to the roughly 360 foot Wall, a Mobile Education Center also displays the legacy of the Wall, and educates about the impact of the Vietnam War.

 

Kim Pruitt, Director of Community Relations at Spruce Point, the contact for inquiries for this visit stated, “The Fund received over 100 applications to host the wall in 2019 so we are very excited to be the only host site selected for Oregon”. Pruitt’s father is a Vietnam Veteran and it was critically important for her and Spruce Point to host this display.

 

The Wall will be open to the public for display 24 hours each day beginning Thursday, April 4th, until mid-afternoon on Sunday April 7th, on the grounds of the Siuslaw Middle School. Its arrival in Florence will take place mid-afternoon on Tuesday April 2nd, and it will arrive on Hwy 101 from the South, with an escort including multiple Veteran motorcycle groups and emergency vehicles.

 

A remembrance ceremony will take place on Saturday the 6th in the early afternoon with participation from all of the Veterans service organizations in Florence.

 

Pruitt added “We still have a little way to go on the funding needs so individuals, businesses and organizations can still contact myself to do so, or make direct contributions through Banner Bank in Florence” she explained. “We are also still in need of volunteers for the man-power needs for set up, knock down and security during its stay here. People can contact me directly for that as well.”

 

Pruitt can be contacted via phone at 541-997-6111 or via email at kim.prutt@avalonseniorliving.com.

 

Cal Applebee  541-999-4175 or cal97439@gmail.com

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