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Volunteers still needed
Volunteers are needed for Saturday & Sunday.
Residents answered the call to volunteer in a big way to help when The Wall That Heals, the mobile three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall), comes to Lewisville Lake Park, 200 Lake Park Road, Thursday, May 2 – Sunday, May 5, but more help is needed.
The Wall That Heals will be open to the public 24 hours a day when it is here in Lewisville, and the biggest need for volunteers is to help cover the midnight to 8 a.m. shifts each day, and to help with dismantling the exhibit on Sunday, May 5. Volunteers are needed for multiple shifts on Saturday and Sunday as well, because of the expected influx of visitors to see The Wall That Heals before it leaves North Texas.
Volunteers are needed for:
- Dismantling of The Wall That Heals – This shift will begin approximately at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. Volunteers for this shift will be responsible for dismantling The Wall That Heals as well as components of the Mobile Education Center and preparing them to be put back on the truck for transport out of town. This shift is longer than most but is key in closing the exhibit. It will take 5-6 hours to complete. Volunteers for this position should be able to lift heavy object, bend, stretch, and move freely without limitations.
- Staff volunteer check-in table – Multiple shifts are available for these positions as The Wall That Heals will be on display and open to the public 24 hours a day. Each shift is four hours long. The primary responsibility of this position will be to greet and check in volunteers as they arrive for their shifts. You will be responsible for giving the volunteer an official event lanyard to wear during their service as well as confirming their assigned task. Any volunteer under the age of 18 on these shifts must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21.
- Greet and welcome visitors - This position requires volunteers to be a friendly face to visitors and to ensure that everyone feels welcome to The Wall That Heals. You will be responsible for giving assistance to visitors as needed, including but not limited to giving directions, answering general questions. You will also be responsible for helping to maintain the solemn and respectful atmosphere and making sure that no harm comes to the exhibition.
For all volunteer positions, attire should include comfortable/closed toe walking shoes, and either jeans, capris, or shorts that are knee length. Please do not wear any of the following: holes in your pants, short shorts, spaghetti strap shirts or shirts/hats with vulgar sayings. Political affiliation stickers, buttons or attire are also strictly prohibited.
Smoking, vaping, or drinking any alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited. This includes consumption of alcohol prior to your shift.
The Wall That Heals is a three-quarter scale Wall replica is made up of 140 numbered panels and stands 375 feet long and 7.5 feet tall. Like the original Memorial. It is erected in a chevron-shape and visitors can do name rubbings of individual service member’s names on The Wall. It honors the more than 3 million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
Lewisville is one of three Texas tour stops in 2019 for The Wall That Heals, but it is the only North Texas tour stop.
The Mobile Education Center is the 53-foot trailer that carries The Wall That Heals around the country. The exterior of the trailer features a timeline of “The War and The Wall” and provides additional information about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Additional exhibits give visitors a better understanding of the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the collection of items left at The Wall.
To learn more about The Wall That Heals, please visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) website. The VVMF is the nonprofit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C. in 1982. VVMF continues to lead the way in paying tribute to our nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families.