The Wall That Heals

November 9 - 12, 2023 
Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport

(Thank you, City of Spartanburg!)


151 Air Flow Drive 

(Off Kensington Drive) 

Spartanburg, SC 29306 

 

Open to the public 24 hours, closing Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  

*Free admission and parking 

Hosted by: The Spartanburg County Veterans’ Affairs Office and Spartanburg County  


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The Wall That Heals, is a mobile replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. The traveling exhibit honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Vietnam War, and it bears the names of the 58,281 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. The Wall That Heals is a program of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, founders of The Wall. 

It will visit 31 communities across the U.S. during 2023, and we are pleased that The Wall That Heals will be coming to Spartanburg County.  We are excited that the exhibit will be here on Veterans Day, as more than 100 communities sought the opportunity to host The Wall That Heals, and we are the only South Carolina community it will visit on the 2023 tour. The Spartanburg County Veterans’ Affairs Office will host it, and we are excited to be leading Spartanburg's The Wall That Heals Committee.  

Please mark these dates on your calendar as all are invited to visit The Wall That Heals. Visit the other links for more information on the In Memory Program, escort, events and how you can support The Wall That Heals visit and to volunteer. 

The Wall

 
The Wall That Heals exhibit features a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The replica is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. Like the original Memorial, The Wall That Heals is erected in a chevron shape, and visitors can do name rubbings of individual service members' names on The Wall. The replica is constructed of Avonite, and machine engraving of more than 58,000 names along with modern LED lighting provides readability of The Wall both day and night. 

Mobile Education Center and Information Tent


The 53-foot trailer that carries The Wall That Heals transforms into a mobile Education Center. Providing insight into the history of The Wall and Vietnam war. 


Displays include:  

  • Hometown Heroes – Digital rotating display of photos of service members on The Wall who list their home of record from the local area.  
  • In Memory Honor Roll – Digital display of photos of Vietnam veterans from South Carolina who were added to VVMF’s In Memory program which honors veterans who returned home and later died of Vietnam-related causes. 
  • Videos and timeline on the history of The Wall. 
  • A display representing the types of items left at The Wall in Washington, D.C. 
  • A replica of the In Memory plaque that honors those veterans who returned home from Vietnam and later died.  

For more information on how to support The Wall That Heals visit or other questions, please call (864) 598-7089 or email [email protected].  

  1. Events
  2. In Memory Program
  3. Volunteer
  4. Escort
  5. Sponsors

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EVENTS SCHEDULE 

Tuesday, 11/7 , 2023

  • Escort the Wall (Honor Motorcycle Ride)
  • Meet at Palmetto Patriots Veteran Home, Gaffney, SC

1:00 p.m.   - Meeting and rider briefing at 1:45 p.m.
2:00 p.m.  - Kickstands Up - Depart
3:00 p.m. -  Estimated Time of Arrival 

  • Arrive at Spartanburg Downtown Airport

Wednesday, 11/8, 2023

 

8:30 a.m.  - Set-up begins for the Assembly of The Wall That Heals  (Rain or Shine)
5:45 p.m.  - Wreath laying ceremony

  • Vietnam Veterans at The Wall That Heals
  • In-Memory Program at the Plaque

6:00 p.m. - Volunteer training - all volunteers encouraged to attend 

 

Thursday, 11/9 – though Sunday, 11/12, 2023

The Wall That Heals is open, 24 hours a day, closing Sunday at 2:00 p.m. 


Thursday, 11/9, 2023


5:30 p.m. - TAPS to be played

 

Friday, 11/10, 2023 


7:30 a.m. - USMC Wreath Laying (USMC Birthday)

5:30 p.m. - TAPS to be played

7:00 p.m. - In Memory Candlelight Vigil  

                                                    

Saturday, 11/11, 2023


11:00 a.m. - Veterans Day Ceremony  (Veterans Day Ceremony program)

4:00 p.m. - Veterans Day Parade (downtown Spartanburg)

5:30 p.m. - TAPS to be played

 

Sunday, 11/12, 2023

 

9:00 a.m. - Reading of the names - Hometown Heroes (186 KIA/POW)

  • Greenville - 77
  • Spartanburg - 56
  • Laurens - 23
  • Cherokee - 18
  • Union - 12

2:00 p.m. - Closing remarks and takedown of The Wall That Heals


**TAPS WILL BE PLAYED EVERY EVENING AT 5:30 PM**

Group Tours 


Tours for groups of 15 or more can be arranged. For more information, please call 

(864) 598-7089 or email [email protected]

 

* Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the entire site.  

* Pets are not permitted at The Wall, except for recognized service animals. 

* No food or beverages may be consumed in the proximity of The Wall That Heals. 


Information about Spartanburg


Out-of-town visitors are encouraged to attend the Candlelight Vigil on Friday and remain in town for the Veterans Day Ceremony on Saturday.

To learn more about Spartanburg and information about overnight lodging, please click here.