Replica of Vietnam War memorial will visit New Milford
Updated 12:01 pm, Wednesday, October 19, 2016
NEW MILFORD — A replica of the Vietnam War memorial couldn’t be coming to town at a better time, according to the leader of a local veterans’ group.
“The emotion you hold in. It all comes out,” he said. “I cried my eyes out. I just wanted to say thank you to 58,000 guys.
“When we came home it was like we didn’t exist,” McBreairty added. Decades later, he continues to rectify that. “I still go up to fellow vets. I say, ‘Thank you. Welcome home.’ And there’s a gleam in their eyes. Somebody cares.”
That’s an important experience, he said, for aging veterans who lack much-needed closure after not getting a warm welcome home decades ago.
The traveling Wall that Heals, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., will be on display from Wednesday to Sunday at Young’s Field because New Milford cares, organizers said. The Wall will finally be on display — for the first time in Litchfield County — after a two-year effort by a 25-person committee lead by the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The Wall That Heals schedule Oct. 26 to 30
The Wall That Heals schedule
Oct. 26 to 30
The Wall That Heals arrives at Young’s Field, New Milford
9:30 a.m. CT Patriot Guards and Iron Law gathers
10:30 a.m. Ride briefing
10:45 a.m. Kick stands up to escort The Wall That Heals to
11 a.m. (estimate) The Wall That Heals scheduled to arrive at Young’s Field
11 a.m. Lunch for the riders and volunteers
11:15 a.m. Media briefing
12:30 p.m. Set-up Wall
6:30 p.m. New Milford Library, Mark Alberston, Horseback to Helicopters
9 a.m. Pause and Reflect Ceremony
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Viewing for school programs
3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Viewing for disabled veterans
and their families
10 a.m. Opening Ceremony
12 p.m. Table of Remembrance Ceremony (under a tent)
8 p.m. POW/MIA Candlelight Ceremony
9:30 a.m. Linda Wrenn’s group “Imagine” “What a Wonderful World”
9:45 a.m. First Litchfield Artillery Regiment - Cannon Salute Colonel John Harrison
10 a.m. Opening Ceremony
10:45 a.m. Bank Street Theater, ""Soldiers of Vietnam""
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Comfort Dogs
12 p.m. Bank Street Theater, "Soldiers of Vietnam"
12 p.m. Sing Out! CT at the New Milford Bandstand
on the Green
12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Hart Gallery Reception
8 p.m. Candlelight for Veterans Luminaries - DAR
10:45 a.m. Bank Street Theater -"Soldiers of Vietnam"
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Comfort Dogs at the Wall
12 p.m. Bank Street Theater - "Soldiers of Vietnam"
3 p.m. Closing Ceremony
source: Roger Sherman Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution
“Some veterans never got a chance to visit the wall,” said Jennie Rehnberg, of the town DAR. “So we’re bringing it to them.”
The Wall will be open to view 24/7, and there will be several blessings, film screenings, proclamations and processions to honor veterans. On hand will be state-certified service officers to help veterans, and quiet moments after events for veterans who might want alone time with the their old friends’ — their names etched in stone.
“A lot of us still have that hurt,” he said. “This is closure. A very, very good thing.”
The Wall is not the only thing coming to town. There are also speakers making the trip to New Milford from D.C., Rehnberg said.