Most walls are made to divide; to keep people out. One wall, however, "The Wall That Heals," was made to bring people together in remembrance. This traveling dedication is a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Halvor Lines, the Superior -based trucking and logistics company, transported this historic and important tribute from Madison to West Springfield, Massachusetts.
"As a company with many veterans, we're always looking for ways to support and honor those who have served in the military," said Jon Vinje, CEO of Halvor Lines. "The Wall brings healing and remembrance to communities around the country, and we're honored to be a part of that."
"The Wall That Heals" was built to allow the souls enshrined on its surface to exist once more among family and friends. It is about 250 feet in length, and like the original memorial, is erected in a chevron-shape. Bringing this memorial to communities around the country helps veterans and families remember in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings, thus beginning the healing process.
In 2014, Halvor Lines unveiled a Volvo tractor-trailer that's covered on all sides with photos and artwork honoring veterans. Every year, this truck delivers thousands of wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery for the Wreaths Across America program. This was the same truck that Halvor Lines driver Jack Liabraaten used to haul "The Wall That Heals."
Liabraaten picked up the Wall on Aug. 14, and arrived in Massachusetts on Aug. 17. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) manages "The Wall That Heals," and invited Liabraaten to stay with the truck for the event in Massachusetts.
To learn more about "The Wall That Heals" and its journey, visit www.vvmf.org/twth.