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The Wall That Heals at Broken Spoke for Sturgis

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The Wall That Heals at the Broken Spoke Campground
The Wall That Heals will be on display all week during Sturgis at the Broken Spoke Campground.
While the annual Black Hills Rally is a time of celebration, it can also be a time of commemoration. Many motorcyclists have served in the Armed Forces and have fought valiantly to defend our country. Unfortunately, many pay the ultimate sacrifice so that we may maintain our freedom. Others come back but are still haunted by the demons of war and with the recent campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, this is true now more than ever.

Fortunately, there are memorials like The Wall That Heals to help in the process and there are men like Jay Allen who value its importance. That’s why The Wall That Heals, a traveling, half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be on display at Allen’s Broken Spoke Campground during this year’s Sturgis Rally.

The Wall will be at the Broken Spoke Campground from August 7th to August 13th and viewing is open to the general public for free. There will be an opening ceremony on Saturday, August 7 at 1 p.m. and a closing ceremony is scheduled for Friday, August 13 at 6 p.m. If you’d like to check it out, the Broken Spoke Campground is located on State Highway 79, just past Bear Butte State Park in Sturgis, South Dakota.

You don’t have to be a veteran to visit. You can simply stop by to honor those who died in combat, who are serving overseas now or have returned but are still suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I’ve never been to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in D.C, but I hear visiting it can be an emotional experience. What The Wall That Heals lacks in scale is overshadowed by its therapeutic powers. If you’re going to Sturgis this year, I recommend you stop by to check it out. If you can’t work it into your plans, then I suggest shaking hands with any vet you meet at the Rally and thank them personally for their sacrifice. If these people didn’t selflessly do what they do, there’d be no Rally, so take a few seconds to let them know how much we appreciate their sacrifices. And enjoy the 70th anniversary celebration in Sturgis.

ABOUT THE WALL THAT HEALS: On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund unveiled a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. The Wall That Heals traveling exhibit is supported by a grant from the Harley-Davidson Foundation.

"Bringing The Wall Home" to communities throughout our country allows the souls enshrined on the Memorial to exist, once more, among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings. The traveling exhibit, known as The Wall That Heals, allows the many thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of "facing The Wall" to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin.

The Wall That Heals also features a Traveling Museum and Information Center providing a comprehensive educational component to enrich and complete visitors' experiences. The Museum chronicles the Vietnam War era and the unique healing power of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, while the Information Center serves as a venue for people to learn about friends and loved ones lost in the war.

Since its dedication, The Wall That Heals has visited more than 300 cities and towns throughout the nation, spreading the Memorial's healing legacy to millions. In addition to its U.S. tour stops, the exhibition made its first-ever international journey in April 1999 to the Four Provinces of Ireland to honor the Irish-born casualties of the Vietnam War and the Irish-Americans who served. It has also traveled to Canada.

For more on The Wall That Heals please visit: www.vvmf.org  

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund would like to thank the Harley-Davidson Foundation for supporting the wall. A special thanks also to the Rolling Thunder for their tireless efforts and support in bringing this display to the Broken Spoke Campground. The Broken Spoke Campground is seeking volunteers interested in assisting at exhibit throughout the Rally. All interested should contact info@brokenspokecampground.com  or call 877-653-6679.

• The above information courtesy of Lisa Ballard and Shiny Side Marketing. Many thanks, Lisa.
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