WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed July 10, 2013
Funds Raised to Bring Replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to Southern Indiana
A Spencer County, Indiana, man hopes a replica version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall will bring healing to those in the region who served in that war.
Frank Richey was in the Army for twenty years, including tours in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970. Richey has led the effort to bring to the southern Indiana region a traveling replica of the Vietnam Wall known as "The Wall That Heals."
Richey and a small committee of family members and supporters have raised over $10,000 to pay for the costs associated with bringing the replica wall to the town of Grandview, Indiana.
Richey hopes Vietnam veterans and their family members from southern Indiana and northwestern Kentucky will come to Grandview this fall to see the exhibit.
“That’s what this traveling wall is for. It’s for people who can’t actually make it to Washington D.C. to see the real wall,” said Richey.
You can learn more about The Wall That Heals by clicking here.
The Wall That Heals will be displayed September 11th through the 15th in the Grandview city park, which is about 17 miles northeast of Owensboro.
Richey believes the traveling exhibit will be a great opportunity for children to learn about the sacrifices of those who served in the Vietnam War.
“We have contacted every school in Daviess County, Kentucky, and Spencer and Perry counties in Indiana,” he said. “My brother is in charge of setting up field trips for the schools to visit the wall while it’s here.”