If you are a Vietnam Veteran the story featured in this podcast episode will wash out your ears with good news. It comes from the Dallas County News and is titled: Adel Boy Scouts help ‘inspire patriotism’ for arrival of the Wall That Heals. It was submitted by Clint Cole – Editor of the Dallas County news. The story has to do with The Wall That Heals, a 250-foot, half-replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, and its arrival in Urbandale, Iowa. Urbandale is located just to the northwest of Des Moines, Iowa. A mobile education center accompanied the Wall That Heals. The display will be on the front lawn of Living History Farms in Urbandale 24 hours per day until Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
To help ensure that the Wall would receive a patriotic entrance to Living History Farms, several groups in the area came together to make it happen. The Adel Lions Club provided 200 American flags and the flags were placed at the site by Boy Scout Troop 152 from Adel and Troop 73 from Ankeny. Dave Sullivan, the Scout Leader for Troop 152 reported that events like this “teaches the boys about citizenship and the world, the community, the nation which are all merit badges the boys have to take. So this is not only a way for first-hand knowledge about how to serve the community. It helps them with service hours towards those merit badges as well.”
Joy Wehmas, chairman of Team Welcome Home, said “that The Wall That Heals and the mobile education center are traveling around the country to recognize the 50th commemoration of the end of the war in Vietnam.”
All those in the Des Moines area who are interested in honoring the memory of Vietnam Veterans who made the ultimate for their country in that war are encouraged to visit The Wall That Heals display on the front lawn of Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa this weekend until Sunday at 3:30 p.m.