‘Traveling Vietnam wall’ to visit

Published 4:17 am Friday, December 22, 2017

“The Wall that Heals” will be making a special stop in Franklinton in November of next year.

“The Wall that Heals” is the traveling exhibit of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. It will be on display in Franklinton from Nov. 15-18, 2018.

State Sen. Beth Mizell (R-Franklinton) is serving as the committee leader for the Bring the Wall to our Veterans Committee.

“This visit will draw thousands of guests from all over the region and allow our area an opportunity to honor those Vietnam veterans and family members who may never have the opportunity to visit The Memorial in D.C.,” Mizell wrote, in a letter announcing the visit.

Mizell said that there were more than 100 requests to host the wall in 2018, and Franklinton’s request was one of just 38 chosen.

“I am overjoyed that our request was granted,” she said. “This opportunity will be an unforgettable experience for our area.”

Mizell said that many volunteers and donations will be needed in order to make the project a success. Donors who contribute $500 or more will be invited to a pre-event reception hosted by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser.

“All donors play a role in making this event possible and we hope you will want to be a part in this recognition of our Louisiana Vietnam veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice,” Mizell said.

All excess funds received will be donated to veterans’ groups in the area.

Those who wish to make a contribution can write a check to “Bring the Wall to our Veterans Committee” and mail it to P.O. Box 16, Franklinton, LA 70438.

More information is also available by emailing twthfranklinton@gmail.com.