Cooperstown to Host 'Wall That Heals' As Part of Hall of Fame Classic Weekend
Replica Wall from Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to Make Central New York Debut May 25-27
COOPERSTOWN, NY– The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will honor the longtime connection between baseball and America's military during Memorial Day Weekend as part of the fifth annual Hall of Fame Classic.
As part of that tribute, the Hall of Fame and the village of Cooperstown will host the "Wall That Heals," a 250-foot replica of the original Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The exhibit, which travels across America, will make its Central New York debut with the visit to Cooperstown, May 25-27, made possible by the Baseball Hall of Fame and its salute to the military with the Hall of Fame Classic Legends Game and special programs.
The "Wall That Heals" will be on display Saturday, May25 through Monday, May 27, open 24 hours a day and free of charge in the Doubleday Field parking lot. The Wall's visit coincides with Saturday's Hall of Fame Classic and Monday's observance of Memorial Day.
"We are privileged to bring the Wall to Cooperstown, and we thank the Village Board of Trustees for its support in providing a venue for this historic occasion," said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. "The Wall is one of America's most moving reminders of the sacrifice of War. As we salute our nation's military alongside the Hall of Fame Classic, this appearance will provide New York residents as well as those from surrounding states the ability to view this remembrance of our fallen heroes."
Since its inception in 1996,over two million people have visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund's traveling exhibit. It has made stops in over 350 U.S. locales in addition to an April 1999 tour of the Four Provinces of Ireland and a visit to Canada in 2005.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the more than three million Americans who served with the U.S. Armed Forces in the Vietnam War. It is the most visited memorial in Washington, D.C., with over four million visitors each year. Its black granite walls bear the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
Each of the aluminum replica's two wings is approximately 123 feet long and meet at an angle of 121 degrees, rising to a height of approximately five feet at its apex. Each name is laser etched into panels of reflective black, powder-coated heavy aluminum supported by a structural aluminum frame.
The exhibition is sponsored by Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Trust, Federal Express, Geico, AON Corporation, and New Century Transportation.
The Hall of Fame Classic moves to Memorial Day Weekend this year. In addition to Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Rickey Henderson and Phil Niekro, almost two dozen former big leaguers and former managers Bobby Cox and Cito Gaston, four soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division will also participate in the Classic, which will begin at 2 p.m. and will be preceded at 1 p.m. by the Legends Hitting Contest at Doubleday Field. The 10th Mountain Division Color Guard and Band from nearby Fort Drum, N.Y., will be featured in pregame ceremonies – including the 12 p.m. Cooperstown Game Day Parade on Main Street – as the Museum presents a salute to our Armed Forces.
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