The Wall That Heals Arrives in West Haven

City employees wave American flags Wednesday morning, Oct. 19, as a tractor-trailer carrying the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial passes by City Hall along Campbell Avenue on its way to the lawn in front of Savin Rock, where West Haven Vietnam Veterans Inc. will present “The Wall That Heals” exhibit Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 20-23. The truck was led by a motorcade that included West Haven and Milford police, Vietnam veterans on motorcycles draped with American flags, Mayor Edward M. O’Brien and the West Haven Fire Department. (City Photo/Eileen M. Krugel)

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — As a tractor-trailer pulled in front of West Haven City Hall on Wednesday morning, it was clear that something was different. Countless trucks pass in front of the building on Campbell Avenue everyday and outside of the occasional horn blast piercing the air, they go unnoticed. However, this truck had a purpose as city employees were waving american flags as it rolled past.

This wasn’t an ordinary truck, it was carrying precious cargo that will be on display at Savin Rock from October 20th-23rd. The cargo is the Wall that Heals, the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial which the West Haven Vietnam Veterans Inc. will proudly present. A special escort, led by a motorcade that featured Milford and West Haven Police, Vietnam veterans on motorcycles, the West Haven Fire department, and Mayor Edward O’Brien.

In order to get the wall to the city, the Vietnam Veterans Council sold american flags to raise $10,000, the cost to bring the memorial to the city and will mark the first time the wall will be back in West Haven since the weekend before the attack on September 11, 2001.

The wall, which was dedicated in 1982, tells the story of the Vietnam War and provide a historical and cultural context on the American experiences in the war. Admission to the wall is free and the exhibit is open to the public 24 hours a day.

The Vets Rock expo and Concert at Mohegan Sun will also be hosting the Wall that Heals.  For more information on Vets Rock please visit vetsrock.info.

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