BALLINGER - The Wall That Heals, honoring Vietnam veterans, will be traveling through Runnels County on Wednesday, Nov. 15 to its destination at Fort Concho in San Angelo for an exhibit through Nov. 19.

BALLINGER - The Wall That Heals, honoring Vietnam veterans, will be traveling through Runnels County on Wednesday, Nov. 15 to its destination at Fort Concho in San Angelo for an exhibit through Nov. 19.

The wall, which is 250 feet in length, will be transported via a truck and trailer, said Ronald “J.J.” Graham, who is part of the Heritage Chapter of the Vigilance Organization of San Angelo, which is a group of active and retired military intelligence personnel, who have organized the route and the exhibit at Fort Concho in San Angelo.

The Wall That Heals will be transported by veterans and escorted into Ballinger, where those transporting will make a stop at 9 a.m. at the field next to the WalMart on U.S. HIghway 67.

“While we won’t be taking the wall out of the trailer, we encourage people to stop by and see and speak to some Vietnam veterans who will be there,” Graham said.

From WalMart, the Wall will be escorted to the Runnels County Line by Sheriff Carl Squyres and members of the Runnels County Sheriff’s Office.

“We are honored to provide this service,” Squyres said.

Runnels County Veterans Service Officer Sandra Van Zant also encourages local citizens to stop by and for those along the route through Runnels County to show their support by lining the route safely as it passes through Rowena and Miles.

“This is a very special event,” Van Zant said.

The proposed itinerary is that the truck carrying the exhibit will be met by Graham and other volunteers at the WalMart between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Members of the Patriot Guard will be arriving to meet up with the truck in Ballinger. From 9-10 a.m. representatives of The Wall That Heals will meet with local veterans and visitors.

The Wall is set to arrive in San Angelo later on Wednesday and will take four to five hours to construct, Graham explained. The Wall will be on display 24 hours a day, seven days a week while it is in San Angelo for the exhibit which is Nov. 16-19 at the parade grounds at Fort Concho.

Veteran or active duty volunteers are needed to be on duty at the wall 24/7 while it is on display. Training for volunteers will be at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Fort Concho parade grounds.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, there will be a special “Welcome Home” ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War at Fort Concho.

The Wall That Heals will be on display from Nov 16-19 at Fort Concho.

The Wall That Heals is approximately 250 feet in length, and like the original Memorial is erected in a chevron-shape. The replica is constructed of powder-coated aluminum, supported by an aluminum frame, and is made up of 24 individual panels.

As on The Wall, the names on The Wall That Heals are listed by day of casualty. Beginning at the center/apex, the names start on the East Wall (right-hand side) working their way out to the end of that wing, picking up again at the far end of the West Wall (left-hand side) and working their way back in to the center/apex, joining the beginning and end of the conflict at the center.

The exterior sides of the trailer that carries The Wall That Heals open to become a mobile Education Center. Information cases display photos of service members whose names are found on The Wall, along with letters and memorabilia left at The Wall in D.C. The Museum also includes a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the conflict in Vietnam.

The exhibits tell the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the era surrounding the conflict, and are designed to put American experiences in Vietnam in a historical and cultural context.

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. 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.

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.

Veterans or active duty military personnel who would like to volunteer to guard The Wall while it is on display at Fort Concho, go to www.thewallsanangelo.com and click on "The Wall San Angelo" at the top of the page, then click on volunteer.