AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you haven’t been able to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., you have a chance to see a replica of it on display at the LBJ Presidential Library from April 22-April 29.
The Wall That Heals is a 250-foot replica of the memorial along with a mobile Education Center and Information Tent. The Wall That Heals is one part of the a Summit on the Vietnam War held at the LBJ Presidential Library next week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United States involvement in the war.
The wall bears the names of the 58,249 men and women who died during the Vietnam War. Organizers expect approximately 800 veterans, their families and the public will visit each day the exhibit is open.
Volunteers will also be on hand to greet visitors, answer questions about The Wall, help find names engraved on the panels, and provide historical context about The Wall and the Vietnam War.
The memorial is free and open to the public 24-hours a day until 8 a.m. April 29.
U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry will deliver the Summit’s keynote address on April 27. His address will reflect on the myriad ways in which our nation’s relationship with Vietnam has changed-and the country itself has been transformed economically and socially-since Kerry’s service in Vietnam with the U.S. Navy.
Other major participants at the Summit include Henry Kissinger, the former U.S. Secretary of State from 1973 to 1977, Pham Quang Vinh, Vietnam’s current Ambassador to the United States, and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, who will discuss his 10-part documentary on the Vietnam War slated to debut in 2017.