''The Wall That Heals'' Committee Seeks Volunteers

Walk among heroes and remember their sacrifices. The Wall That Heals, a moving replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is bringing its spirit of remembrance and healing to Yates County August 8th-August 11th.

More than just a monument, The Wall That Heals is a journey of reflection.  As you walk along the 375 feet of black panels, etched with the names of 58,281 fallen service members, feel the weight of history and the enduring legacy of those who served.

Discover the stories beyond their names. The Mobile Education Center delves into the complexities of the Vietnam War, showcasing historical artifacts, personal stories and interactive displays. Gain a deeper understanding of the war’s impact and the ongoing ripples it creates.

Find solace and connection in shared remembrance. The Wall That Heals offers a space for veterans, families and the public to connect and heal. Share stories, learn from one another and honor the sacrifices made for our nation’s freedom.  

Event Info -Tuesday August 6th - Escort meet up 1:00 pm at the Finger Lakes Mall in Auburn, Kick Stands up at 2:00 pm, arrival time in Penn Yan at the Fireman’s Field 3:30 pm, welcome escort riders.
Wednesday August 7th – 8:30 Setup starts.  Takes 6-8 hours.  
Thursday August 8th – Open for Visitors (Open 24 hours) 
Friday August 9th – Open for visitors (Open 24 hours)
Saturday August 10th – Open for visitors (Open 24 Hours) 
Sunday August 11th – 1:45 pm Closing Ceremony. Wall closes at 2:00 pm. 

Website – TheWallThatHealsYatesCounty.com
The following links are across the top of the homepage.

To Donate Link – Hosting The Wall That Heals is expensive and 100 percent of the cost is paid for with donations.  We receive no funding from the State or Federal government.  This is an entirely grass roots effort.  We are bringing The Wall That Heals to Yates County for our community.  

We believe this will be a great way to honor our veterans and bring the community together. 
We cannot do this without the support of people like you! We ask that you consider helping to support our event by donating today.  

We look forward to partnering with you and need your support today to make the visit of The Wall that Heals to Yates County a success. Please consider donating to support this event and as a way of honoring those who served in Vietnam.

To donate Please make checks payable to Penn Yan Elks Lodge #1722, 133 Main Street, Penn Yan, Ny 14527. Please Write “The Wall That Heals” in the memo block.

To Volunteer Link – 200 volunteers are needed during the time “The Wall That Heals” is in Penn Yan. Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with The Wall that Heals, Yates County. We plan to have food, snacks, water and vests for our volunteers. Please consider wearing red, white and or blue while volunteering! The volunteer spots explain what each shift will be doing, choose one or as many as you would like!  The shifts are 4 hours long. 

All volunteers are encouraged to attend a volunteer training on 8/7 at 6pm at the pavilion at the Fireman's Field. Please plan on attending if you are able. 

We will need 8-10 volunteers at 5pm on Tuesday, 8/6 (1 hour) to set the frames for The Wall. 30-35 abled-bodied volunteers for set up on Wednesday 8/7 starting at 8am (6-8 hours) and take down 8/11 starting at 2pm (4-6 hours).  If you would like to volunteer for any of these shifts, please call our volunteer coordinator Jody at 315.759.1382. 
Motorcycle Escort Link – Be part of escorting “The Wall That Heals” to the Yates County Fireman’s Field. We will meet up at the Finger Lakes Mall in Auburn, NY at 1:00 pm and Kick Stands Up is at 2:00 pm Sharp! To sign up, contact Doug Gibbs at 315-536-5196.
Group Tour Sign Up Link – This unique, opportunity provides an educational experience at a level impossible even at The Memorial in Washington, D.C. Every tour is led by a Vietnam Veteran Memorial Fund staff member trained to engage visitors and students of all ages and backgrounds. Each group will be guided through the mobile Education Center and The Wall. Tours run approximately one hour, including a question-and-answer session, allowing time for groups to engage with The Wall.  Guided tours are free and reservations are required.  Please contact Herbie Snyder via email at Marine1967@gmail.com or by phone at 315-694-0388.  When emailing provide the date, time, and the number of attendees for your tour and contact name, phone number, and we will confirm availability for your tour.
In Memory Program Link - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) believes all those who served in Vietnam should be honored and remembered for their service.  The In Memory program enables the families and friends of those who came home and later died the opportunity to have them be forever memorialized. ​​​​​​​

To have your veteran included as part of the mobile Education Center display when The Wall That Heals is on display in Penn Yan, apply by July 8th.  To apply, visit www.vvmf.org/In-Memory-Program.