OAKLEY — A traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be at the Fick Fossil and History Museum from May 16 to 19.
The three-quarter replica of the Washington, D.C., memorial known as The Wall will be open to the public 24 hours a day with no charge. An accompanying mobile education center will also be part of the display.
An opening ceremony for the exhibit will be at 6:30 p.m. May 16 at Bertrand Park on Oakley. A community night out with hamburger and hot dog barbecue will precede the ceremony from 6 to 6:30 p.m.
The Run for the Wall will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19, with a closing ceremony to follow later.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which built The Wall in 1982, created the mobile replica and education center called The Wall That Heals to allow more Americans to remember the more than 58,000 men and women who died in the Vietnam War.
The replica is 375 feet in length and stand 7.5 feet at its highest point, according to a press release form the VMMF. Like the original memorial, it is erected in a chevron shape and names are listed in order of date of casualty and alphabetically for each day. Visitors can make rubbings of the engraved names.
The mobile education center is contained in a 53-foot trailer than opens to display exhibits telling the story of the Vietnam War and The Wall. It will include photo displays of service members from the region whose names are on the wall. Other exhibits honor veterans who died as a result of their service after returning home, a collection of items left at the Washington memorial, and educational displays on the history and impact of the Vietnam era.