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Princetown hosts The Wall That Heals

 Aug. 26, 2016

Wall that heals opening ceremonyThe Wall That Heals, a Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica, is currently displayed for viewing at Princetown Hall, 165 Princetown Plaza, Schenectady, through Aug. 28. 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.”

More than 26 Schalmont Central School District bus drivers are volunteering to shuttle visitors from the school parking lot to the Wall and back for free. The shuttle 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.

Schalmont school busSchalmont students also participated in the opening ceremony and are serving as volunteers throughout the event.

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