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The Wall That Heals Vietnam Memorial visits Hayden
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The Wall That Heals Vietnam Memorial visits Hayden

The Kootenai County Veterans Council and the City of Hayden have brought The Wall That Heals, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance to Hayden. Residents can visit the memorials starting August 16th.


Residents can expect delays and road closures while the walls are in town as organizers are expecting thousands of visitors.


From the City of Hayden:


The Kootenai County Veterans Council, in partnership with the City of Hayden, is proud to welcome The Wall That Heals, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. and the Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance. To accommodate the thousands of people expected to visit the walls, Honeysuckle Avenue between Government Way and Wayne Drive, Nita Avenue and Centa Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Wednesday, August 14 @ 9:00 a.m. through Monday, August 19 @ Noon. Please follow the directional signage that is posted.


On Wednesday, August 14, at approximately 11:00 a.m. a motorcycle escort with hundreds of veterans and supporters will accompany The Wall That Heals & the GWOT-Wall of Remembrance into Hayden. The escort will be traveling from I 90 in Post Falls to US-95N in Coeur d’Alene, then east on Prairie Avenue and north on Wayne Drive in Hayden to its destination at the Hayden City Park Main Ball Field on Honeysuckle Avenue. Those wanting to view the escort into Hayden can park in the designated parking area on Honeysuckle Avenue and view from sidewalks on Wayne Drive.


The Opening Ceremony for the Veterans Memorial Walls will be held on Friday, August 16 @ 10:00 a.m. at Hayden City Park. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial-TWTH and the GWOT-Wall of Remembrance will officially be open after the Opening Ceremony until Monday, August 19 at Noon. Under the supervision of volunteers, both walls will remain open for public viewing 24 hours a day. Viewings of the memorials are free and open to the public. The Closing Ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 18, and the public is welcome. For those visiting these displays the following guidelines will be in effect:

  • A Quiet Zone will be observed

  • Bags/purses/backpacks are not allowed

  • Items are prohibited, except for museum memorabilia

  • Food and beverages are not permitted

  • There is no smoking and no pets permitted, except for certified service dogs


Parking is available on the corner of Honeysuckle & Government Way. Overflow parking is also available at the Prairie Shopping Center and Walmart throughout the event and at the Latter Day Saints Church on Friday, Saturday and Monday. The public should also be aware that a pre-planned event will be held at Hayden City Park on Thursday, August 15, from 4:30-8:30 p.m., and those attending the Farmers’ Market & Nu Jack City concert will be able to use the flagged parking area on Honeysuckle Avenue.


Volunteers are still needed! If you would like to volunteer, please be at the Hayden City Park Gazebo for the Volunteers Meeting on Thursday, August 15, at 1:00 p.m. Donations to assist with the expenses of the Memorial Walls can be sent to: Kootenai County Veterans Council, P.O. Box 1981, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83816. Any donations that exceed expenses will be given to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. If you would like more information, please call Sandy Doutre at 208-292-4938, Wayne Syth at 208-659-7047 or the City of Hayden at 208-772-4411.

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