Revere will be transformed into a poignant Vietnam Memorial over the next week.
The ‘Wall That Heals’ – a travelling Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Museum – will be arriving in Revere to great fanfare on Tuesday, June 11th, and will be stationed for the public to view from June 13-16.
A welcoming processing has been planned on June 11th from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Wall will travel through Suffolk Downs and down Winthrop Avenue to Bennington Street.
The Revere Police Motorcycle Division, an Army truck and several other veterans will be the honorary accompaniment on the procession.
The Wall will be set up for the public to view in Frederick’s Park, just adjacent to the Beachmont VFW.
Opening ceremonies will take place at 5 p.m. on June 13th and the wall will be open 24 hours a day through Sunday, June 16th, at 5 p.m.
There will be ceremonies for Flag Day on June 14th, and Father’s Day, June 16th.
An entire committee made up of veterans and other community members has been led by Revere Veterans Agent Nick Bua for the last several months.
Bua indicated that they are excited to host the wall and he expects it to be a very powerful time for those who served in Vietnam, and even for those who did not.
As part of ‘The Wall That Heals’ program, the organization is putting out a call for photos. The organization believes that every name on the wall comes with a story, and they are trying to collect photos for the more than 58,000 names on the wall. Any photos collected will be put on display in the Museum and Education Center that accompanies the Wall across the United States. If anyone has a photo of a friend or loved one who is listed on the Wall, they can bring that photo to the event on any of the days it is in Revere for expert assistance.