Johns Creek Becomes the Permanent Home of The Wall That Heals
Johns Creek was recently announced as the permanent home for The Wall That Heals, a 250 foot replica of The Vietnam Veterans Memorial that is located in Washington, DC. The memorial honors the more than three million Americans who served in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War, and bears the names of the more than 58,000 brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Wall That Heals is a program of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), the nonprofit organization which built The Wall in Washington, D.C. The recently retired Wall replica had been on the road for more than 10 years and visited more than 250 cities across America.
The bid for The Wall That Heals was made possible by the Johns Creek Convention and Visitors Bureau (JCCVB), and through a generous donation from local residents John and Cori Davenport. The former city Councilwoman and her husband are also the largest donors to Johns Creek’s 4-acre Veterans Memorial Walk located in Newtown Park, which is one of the largest veterans’ memorials in the nation.
“We greatly appreciate all that the Davenports do to support our veterans, and to help the City of Johns Creek demonstrate our deep respect and gratitude for those who have served and sacrificed for our nation,” said Mayor Mike Bodker.
More than 8,500 people visited The Wall That Heals during its stop in Johns Creek in 2017, which included a motorcycle escort from the Patriot Guard, and several veterans’ ceremonies. Details related to the arrival date of The Wall That Heals have yet to be worked, but the city and the JCCVB intend to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony once it is installed and ready for public viewing.
As we enter Memorial Day Weekend, it is a fitting tribute that our city has made to honor the fine men and women of our Armed Forces. A heartfelt and sincere THANK YOU to Mr. and Mrs. Davenport, Mayor Mike Bodker, and the Johns Creek City Council for their efforts to bring this memorial to its new permanent home in Johns Creek. God Bless America, and God Bless our brave men and women who protect and preserve our cherished land!