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The Wall That Heals is coming to Princetown

Aug. 3, 2016

The Wall That Heals, a Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica, will be coming to the Princetown Hall, 165 Princetown Plaza, Schenectady, Aug. 25-28, 2016. The event is organized by Princetown Community Volunteers.

On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) unveiled a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. It is 250 feet long, and contains over 58,00 names. Since its dedication, The Wall That Heals has visited more than 400 cities and towns throughout the nation, spreading the Memorial's healing legacy to millions.

According to the VVMF: “Bringing The Wall home to communities throughout our country allows the souls enshrined on the Memorial to exist once more among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings. The traveling exhibit provides thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of facing The Wall to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin.”

Schalmont is partnering with the Princetown Community Volunteers to assist visitors in getting to and from the exhibit by providing parking for the four-day event. Shuttles will be available between Schalmont parking lots and the exhibit in Princetown. They will run on a continuous loop between the following hours:

From Schalmont:

Aug. 25: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Aug. 26: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Aug. 27: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Aug. 28: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

From Princetown:

Aug. 25: 9:05 a.m.-7 p.m.
Aug. 26: 9:05 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Aug. 27: 9:05 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Aug. 28: 9:05 a.m.-3 p.m.

Bringing the Vietnam Wall That Heals to Princetown requires many volunteers. The wall must be attended by a minimum of 4 people during the day, and 2 people at night. The volunteers will provide guidance and information about how to find particular names on the wall. They will also maintain a proper decorum at the wall and insure that there is no desecration or disrespect of the wall and all it signifies. Guidelines will be provided.

“We are so Thankful to the many businesses and individuals that have already donated time. money and materials. It is now time to fill the volunteer slots when the wall is here,” said Jim Pavoldi, of Princetown Community Volunteers.

To sign up as a volunteer, please visit www.princetown.net or call Hanna Pavoldi at (518) 356-3866. Schalmont students are encouraged to participate in this event to earn volunteer hours.

To make a donation to support this exhibit, please make out a check to The Veterans’ Wall at Princetown and mail it to:

The Town of Princetown
c\o Lou Esposito
165 Princetown Plaza
Schenectady, NY 12306

For more information on the exhibit, please visit The Wall That Heals.