The Roger Sherman Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, which serves the New Milford area, will host the Wall That Heals in New Milford Oct. 27 to 30.

In addition, several other events will be held around town (see “Wall Schedule” below for specific times of ceremonies and special events).

The Wall That Heals, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile education center, will arrive at Young’s Field on Young’s Field Road Oct. 26 at 11 a.m.

The wall will be open 24 hours a day beginning Oct. 27.

A daily opening ceremony will be held and a closing ceremony will be offered Oct. 30 at 3 p.m.

The Wall That Heals honors the more than 3 million Americans who served in the U.S. armed forces during the Vietnam War.

The wall, erected in a chevron shape like the original memorial, bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

The replica is constructed of powder-coated aluminum, supported by an aluminum frame, and is made up of 24 individual panels, each containing six columns of names.

The names on The Wall That Heals replicate the names on the memorial in Washington, D.C. As on The Wall, the names are listed alphabetically by day of casualty.

WALL SCHEDULE

Oct. 26

The Wall That Heals will open Oct. 26.

Connecticut Patriot Guard, Iron Law, Connecticut Cruise News Minutemen and American Legion riders will escort The Wall, arriving at Young’s Field at approximately 11 a.m.

Mark Albertson will present a program, “Horseback to Helicopters,” at 6:30 p.m. at library on Main Street.

Oct. 27

A pause and reflect ceremony will begin at 9 a.m.

It will include a welcome greeting by Jennie Rehnberg of the Roger Sherman Chapter, DAR and the National Society DAR; the National Anthem sung by Ray Plue; the Pledge of Allegiance led by Jeffrey McBreairty of the American Legion Post 31; an opening prayer by Rabbi Ari Rosenberg of Temple Sholom; a proclamation by Mayor David Gronbach; a laying of the wreath/Vietnam Service Ribbon by New Milford Police Chief Shawn Boyne; blessings and reflections by the Rev. Jack Gilpin of St. John’s Episcopal Church; a reading by Vietnam veteran Bill Shemeley of the 32 Litchfield County individuals who were killed-in-action or missing-in-action; “Taps” by Commander James Delancy of VFW Post 1672; a benediction of the Rev. Michael Moran of the First Congregational Church; bagpipe playing by Patrick Maguire and Celtic Cross; a rifle salute by the New Milford Honor Guard and the New Milford Police Department Honor Guard.

In addition, Peter M. DiMaria, veterans service officer for the 5th District, will assist any veterans with questions regarding benefits, etc.

Oct. 28

The opening ceremony will be held at 10 a.m.

It will include a welcome by Rehnberg; a clearing of The Wall by Maguire and Celtic Cross; the presentation of colors by the Greater Danbury Area Korean War Veterans Association, the New Milford Police Department Honor Guard and the New Milford Honor Guard; the National Anthem sung by Judith Messer of the Roger Sherman Chapter, DAR and NSDAR honorary regent; the Pledge of Allegiance led by Lt. Col. Gerard J. Monaghan, AUS (Ret.); an invocation by the Rev. Joseph Lorenzo of St. Francis Xavier Church; a moment of silence; a proclamation from Governor Dannel Malloy red by Vietnam veteran Robert Coppola; a proclamation by Mayor Gronbach; guest speaker Jimmie W. Spencer, Command Sergeant Major, USA (Ret); “God Bless America” sung by the St. Francis Xavier Church choice; and the laying of the wreaths for the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force, the United States Coast Guard, Prisoners of War/Missing in Action and Gold Star mothers; a rifle salute by the New Milford Police Department Honor Guard and the New Milford Honor Guard; “Taps” by Delancy; a benediction by Lorenzo; and a presentation of Vietnam veterans commemorative lapel pins.

A Quilt of Valor presentation will be held.

A Table of Remembrance, held under a tent, will be held at noon.

Bank Street Theater will offer a screening of “Soldiers of Vietnam,” ,” edited Chris Bryant and produced by Simon Melzer, at 3 p.m.

A POW/MIA candlelight ceremony with the POW/MIA Connecticut Forget-Me-Nots, Inc. will be held at 8 p.m.

The ceremony will include speaker Doris Maitland, sister of SMS’ Andre R. Guillet, Girl Scout Troops 40270, 40229 and independently registered Girl Scouts, music by St. Francis Xavier Church choir and bagpipes played by Maguire and Celtic Cross.

Oct. 29

Hearts in Harmony Jr. performers will sing “Imagine” and “What a Wonderful World” at 9:30 a.m., followed by a cannon salute with Colonel John Harrison and the First Litchfield Artillery Regiment at 9:45 a.m.

The opening ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.

It will include greetings by Rehnberg; a welcome by Alice Ridgeway, state regent of Connecticut DAR and Chris Nichols, president of Connecticut SSR; clearing of the wall by Celtic Cross; presentation of colors by General Wolcott’s 6th Militia Brigade Color Guard; the National Anthem by Messer; the Pledge of Allegiance by Morgan Fischer, state president of CSCAR; American’s Creed led by Alec Marshall of the NSCAR, National chairman for government studies; an invocation by the Rev. Alex da Silva Souto of the New Milford United Methodist Church’ a moment of silence; a governor’s proclamation read by Vietnam veteran John Marshall; a proclamation by Mayor Gronbach; guest speaker Schwartz; “God Bless America” by Denise Doring Van Buren, first vice president general of NSDAR; the laying of the wreaths with the Charles Merriman, CAR and the Purple Heart CSCAR; a musket salute with General Wolcott's 6th Militia Brigade; “Taps” with Delancy; a benediction by de Silva Souto; and a presentation of Vietnam veterans commemoration lapel pins by DAR members.

A screening of “Soldiers of Vietnam” will be held at Bank Street Theater at 10:45 a.m. and noon.

LLC Comfort Dog Ministry and Joel Wardenburg of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danbury will be on site from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sing Out! CT will perform at the bandstand on the Village Green at noon.

A reception to honor Dr. Linda Schwartz, VA assistant secretary for policy and planning, and Gold Star Families will be held Oct. 29 at The Gallery on Bank Street, formerly the Harts Gallery.

Attendance is by invitation only.

A Quilt of Valor presentation will be held.

A reading of the names of New Milford Vietnam veterans who served will be held at 7 p.m.

A candlelight ceremony honoring all veterans, past and present, will be held at 8 p.m.

Oct. 30

A screening of “Soldiers of Vietnam” will be held at 10:45 a.m. and noon at Bank Street Theater.

The noon screening will be followed by a Q&A with Chris Bryant, director of the film.

LLC Comfort Dog Ministry and Joel Wardenburg of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danbury will be on site from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Regiment Light Dragoons will be on hand at 2:30 p.m.

The closing ceremony will be held at 3 p.m.

It will include a clearing of The Wall by Maguire and Celtic Cross; a presentation of colors by the New Milford Honor Guard, the New Milford Police Department Honor Guard, the Northwest Connecticut Final Honors Squad from the Torrington Veterans Service Office; the National Anthem by Plue; the Pledge of Allegiance led by McBreairty; closing remarks by Rehnberg; the removal of memorabilia from The Wall; a blessing of memorabilia by Deacon Roland Miller of St. Francis Xavier Church; “God Bless America” by St. Francis Xavier Church choir; a benediction by Miller; a rifle salute by the New Milford Honor Guard, the New Milford Police Department Honor Guard and the Northwest Connecticut Final Honors Squad from the Torrington Veterans Service Office; “Taps” by the Northwest Connecticut Final Honors Squad LLC Comfort Dog Ministry and Delancy; bagpipe playing by Maguire and Celtic Cross; the retiring of the colors by the New Milford Honor Guard, the New Milford Police Department Honor Guard and the Northwest Connecticut Final Honors Squad.

Ongoing

Several other events will be offered in town during the Wall that Heals exhibit.

A six-week Gold Star display, created by CCSU Veterans History Project Director Eileen Hurst, is on view at Roger Sherman Town Hall at 10 Main St.

Tom Quinn, Ph.D., LCSW-R, of the Danbury Veterans Center will be at Young’s Field each day.

A Connecticut Vietnam casualties and missing-in-action exhibit, created by Hurst, will be on display Oct. 26-30 at the Wall that Heals.

A quilt display by Sue Reich will be on display at the railroad station on Railroad Street.

BACKGROUND

The Wall That Heals is transported from community to community by a 53-foot, fifth-wheel trailer with cases built into its sides, allowing it to serve as a mobile education center that tells the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the divisive era in American history.

Since its debut in 1996, more than 2 million people have visited The Wall That Heals sites.

It has made stops in nearly 400 U.S. communities, in addition to an April 1999 tour of the Four Provinces of Ireland and a visit to Canada in 2005.

For information, to view a schedule of events, volunteer, donate, advertise in a special commemorative booklet or purchase a Wall That Heals New Milford medallions, visit thewallnewmilford.org.