Vietnam War Memorial "Wall That Heals" On Display In Lewisville

Kristin Weisell
May 02, 2019 - 9:38 am
Vietnam Veterans War Memorial

Credit: Matt Martucci, City of Lewisville

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LEWISVILLE (1080 KRLD) - A piece of Vietnam War history has come to North Texas, thanks to a traveling exhibit.

The Vietnam Veterans War Memorial, in ¾ scale form, is now on display in Lewisville. The replica exhibit is called the 'Wall That Heals.'

It names all 58,000 soldiers who gave their lives in Vietnam, and honors all three million who served.

“People are encouraged to take a picture of the wall, do a name rubbing, leave a memento,” says Matt Martucci with the city of Lewisville. “This wall is basically the same one you see in DC, so we just ask people respect the same rules you see there. No talking on phones, no music, things like that.”

Aside from being a powerful reminder of the Vietnam War, the Wall That Heals is also a vivid history lesson. It has a mobile education center that offers timelines of the war, explanations of events, and mementos that others have left in Washington Dc over the years.

Leaving mementos is encouraged, but don’t leave something that you want back. Anything that is left will be taken up and become part of the traveling exhibit.

One man was instrumental in bringing the Wall That Heals to Lewisville.

“It’s an interesting story,” says Martucci. “A gentleman named Steve Davenport drove the exhibit around for years, and he was from Lewisville. Last year he came to council and said he wanted it to come here. He helped us get the application together, and we found out that Lewisville was selected on November 19th. We called to tell him the news…and found out he passed away on November 18th.”

The Wall That Heals is on display in Lewisville Lake Park near the Bob Wiseman soccer complex. It's open 24 hours a day from today through Sunday afternoon.