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Mobile Vietnam memorial wall coming to Superior

A traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be on display in Superior this summer.

Halvor Lines hosts "The Wall That Heals" July 20-22. It is a smaller version of the memorial in the nation's capital, which is one of the most-visited — with more than 5.6 million visitors annually. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which built the wall in Washington in 1982, reports that despite the great number of visitors, many people who wish to pay their respects at the memorial have been unable to.

"Taking The Wall That Heals on the road gives thousands more veterans and their family members an opportunity to see the Wall and honor those who have served and sacrificed so much," Jim Knotts, president and CEO of the memorial fund, said in a news release.

On Veteran's Day in 1996, the group introduced the mobile wall, and since then, it has travelled to more than 400 communities in the nation. It is about 250 feet long, constructed in a chevron shape, like the original. It is made of 24 panels of powder-coated aluminum, each listing casualties of the Vietnam War — more than 58,000 people.

Jon Vinje, CEO of Halvor Lines, said in a news release that being chosen to host the memorial is an honor, and that it gives the region an opportunity to heal.

"It helps veterans from all of America's conflicts to find healing and a powerful connection through their common military experiences," Knotts said.

The wall will be joined by a mobile education center and will be open 24 hours a day. Admission is free.

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