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Annandale | Bu alo | Cokato | Darwin | Dassel | Delano | Glencoe | Howard Lake | Hutchinson | Kimball | Lester Prairie Litch eld | Loretto | Maple Lake | Maple Plain | Mayer | Montrose | Mound | New Germany | Norwood Young America Rockford | Silver Lake | South Haven | St. Bonifacius | Waconia | Watertown | Waverly | Winsted Senior Con n e c t ion s is distributed to: July/August 2022 VOLUME 4 | NO. 4 Senior Con n e ct ion s HJ.COM BY NANCY DASHWOOD Enterprise Dispatch Editor Some soldiers returning from Vietnam didn’t get the homecoming they deserved at the time. The ones who did make it home may have su ered both physical and mental wounds, as well as the de- rision of anti-war protestors. Wounds like that can last a lifetime. To help assuage some of that pain, and to honor the 58,281 US men and women who made the ultimate sacri ce in Vietnam, is the traveling exhibit called The Wall That Heals. It is a project of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVFM). And it’s coming to Winsted in late July, sponsored by the Winsted American Legion Post 407. The exhibit includes a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mo- bile education center. The replica is 375 feet long, and stands seven and one-half feet high at its tallest point. It is constructed of Avonite, a synthetic gran- ite, and its 140 numbered panels are supported by an aluminum frame. Machine engraving of the more than 58,000 names along with modern LED lighting provide readability of The Wall day and night. The 53-foot trailer that carries The Wall That Heals transforms to become a mobile education center. The exterior of the trailer features a timeline of “The War and The Wall,” and provides more information about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Additional exhibits include: • Hometown Heroes - photos of service members on The Wall who list their home of record from the local area. The photos are part of the e ort to put a face to every name on The Wall and for the Wall of Faces. • In Memory Honor Roll - photos of local Vietnam veterans honored through VVMF’s In Memory pro- gram, which honors veterans who returned home and later died. Winsted American Legion to host The Wall That Heals SUBMITTED PHOTO A view of people observing The Wall That Heals and nding names of fallen heroes. More THE WALL THAT HEALS on Pg 2

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