AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - A big piece of history is coming to Amarillo this week as a replica of the Vietnam War Memorial comes to town.
The 'Wall that Heals', as it is recognized, is a one-half replica of the Vietnam War Memorial that can be found on the national mall in Washington D.C..
The traveling memorial is a way to honor those who gave their lives by showcasing the monument and educating individuals all across the nation.
At around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 6 the wall will head to John Stiff Memorial Park, escorted by a motorcade made up of area Vietnam Veterans and Amarillo police officers.
The wall will be transported down Hollywood Road, before the motorcade turns north on to Coulter Street, and then will head east on 45th Ave. and in to John Stiff Memorial Park.
From there, Pantex volunteers will assemble the wall near the park's gazebo.
The war memorial is dedicated to all service members who fought and gave their lives during the Vietnam War.
More than 58,000 names of the men and women who died during the conflict are engraved on the wall.
Cullen Lutz with Panhandle PBS said there are more than 100 volunteers lending a hand in the process.
Lutz said all volunteers have been incredibly appreciated.
Volunteers will assist with installing and uninstalling the wall. They will also interact with visitors if they need help finding a particular name, or just would like extra information.
Dozens of community organizations and the City of Amarillo have partnered with Panhandle PBS to bring the wall to town.
Lutz said she is honored to work with so many fantastic people.
"It has been such a privilege to honor our area Vietnam veterans, and all veterans through this project by bringing the 'Wall that Heals' to Amarillo," said Lutz.
The monument is open to the public starting at 7:00 p.m. on December 6, and will stay open until 2:00 p.m. on December 10.
The monument is available for viewing 24 hours a day.
Panhandle PBS was granted an overnight permit in order to keep the park open despite mandatory closure rules.
To help honor the wall there are a handful or ceremonies.
A welcome ceremony will establish the wall at 4:00 p.m. on December 6.
Local schools and youth groups are able to sign up for an educational tour of the wall for Thursday, December 7 or Friday December 8.
On Friday, December 8, between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. local organizations are welcome to bring memorial wreaths for placement near the wall.
The events will conclude on Sunday, December 10 with a closing ceremony at 1:00 p.m..
The wall will then close at 2:00 p.m. to be deconstructed and moved on to the next town.
For more information on the 'Wall that Heals' visit the panhandleremembers.org.
You can also find more information on all things related to the Vietnam memorial on Panhandle PBS's website here.