The Wall that Heals, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., arrived in Oro Valley on Thursday evening, March 14, and was assembled by local first responders.
The wall stands 7.5 feet tall and 375 feet long. It’s only making 38 stops this year and Oro Valley will be the only stop in Arizona.
The Vietnam Veteran Memorial Fund said Oro Valley was chosen because community members rallied to bring the wall to southern Arizona.
Steve and Alane Arp watched as local first responders put it together. Steve described their visit as emotional.
“Several high school buddies of mine are on that wall. It’s as pretty special thing. It really is,” he said.
The organization said it’s a place for people to connect with loved ones and learn about the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“On a screen we’re gonna be showing the photographs of the 58,000. So each and every single name we can show to a photograph and people can say, ‘Hey, remember I’ve always told you that story about my buddy? Here’s his picture and here’s his name on the wall.’”
The wall will be on display until Sunday, March 18, at Oro Valley’s Riverfront Park it will be open 24 hours per day.
Due to the anticipated volume of traffic and visitors, lane restrictions are in place to accommodate overflow parking needs along Lambert Lane.
The outside lanes and shoulders of both eastbound and westbound Lambert Lane will be closed to traffic and available for parallel parking. Through traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction (inside lanes), from approximately Highlands Drive to Camino Rosas Nuevas.
Traffic markers and control devices will be in place to separate travel lanes from the parking areas. The Oro Valley Police Department will have personnel on site to assist with park entrance and pedestrian crossing.
Roadside parking will only be permitted in marked areas. Please note that any vehicles blocking driveways in adjacent neighborhoods will be towed.
All motorists are urged to drive with caution to ensure the safety of pedestrians during the event. Pedestrians should utilize marked crosswalks when crossing Lambert Lane.
Peak visitation hours will be in the late afternoon, which could mean additional congestion and increased walking distance to the event. Those wishing to avoid the rush should consider visiting in the morning and early afternoon.
For complete details on this event, please see the official press releases issued by The Wall that Heals: http://bringthewallaz.com/images/Press%20Release%20S.pdf.
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