Coming to Franklin, IN

June 3-6, 2021


Wall That Heals Franklin schedule:
Wednesday, June 2: Wall assembly; Wall available for viewing 24 hours a day once assembled.
Thursday, June 3: 9 a.m. opening ceremony.
Friday, June 4: 9:30 p.m. candlelight vigil.
Saturday, June 5: 1:30 p.m. honor ceremony.
Sunday, June 6: Exhibit closes at 2 p.m.

The Wall That Heals Franklin, a local nonprofit organization, was formed to honor our Vietnam veterans by bringing The Wall That Heals to Franklin, IN in 2021. The Wall That Heals is a 375-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The exhibit consists of The Wall That Heals replica along with a mobile Education Center.

The Wall That Heals Franklin's Committee Chair, Kathy Ballou, was in school when she became pen pals with a soldier serving in Vietnam. When the soldier stopped writing, she assumed he got out of the Army or was assigned to another location. It wasn't until she went to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. and saw the soldier's name on the memorial wall that she realized he had died in the war. Once Ballou found out about The Wall That Heals, she knew she wanted to bring it to Franklin.

The goal of The Wall That Heals, and the effort to bring it to Franklin, is to preserve the legacy of service in America; to honor the service of all; to preserve the memory of those who died during the war and since returning home; and to educate all generations about the lasting impact of the Vietnam War.

Once the wall is in place in Franklin, it will be available to the public free of charge 24 hours a day from 12:01 a.m. Thursday, June 3 through 2 p.m. Sunday, June 6 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, 250 Fairground St., Franklin, IN.

The effort to bring the wall to Franklin is 100 percent donation driven and 100 percent volunteer based. No person is paid for this project. The Wall That Heals Franklin Committee is seeking donations to help fund this effort to honor the memory of those that served during the Vietnam era. If interested in making a tax-deductible donation (The Wall That Heals Franklin - 2021 is a registered 501c3 nonprofit) please make contributions to The Wall That Heals Franklin 2021 account at First Financial Bank, 50 Branigin Road, Franklin, IN 46131 or send your donation to:

The Wall That Heals Franklin 2021
Committee Chair Kathy Ballou
1686 Preidt Circle
Franklin, IN. 46131

People interested in making donations or volunteering to help this initiative can also contact Kathy at 317-513-4566. You may also sign up to be a volunteer by clicking the link in the volunteer section below.

Sponsorship levels include Platinum ($2,500 or more), Gold ($1,000) and Silver ($500). Sponsors will be recognized on this website, on our Facebook page and in other promotions.


Volunteers are needed to make sure The Wall That Heals experience in Franklin is a great one for everyone that visits the memorial.

If you are interested in signing up for a four-hour shift, please click here. You will receive a free T-shirt for volunteering, as well as the satisfaction that comes from knowing you assisted The Wall That Heals Franklin and its effort to preserve the legacy of service in America; to honor the service of all; to preserve the memory of those who died during the war and since returning home; and to educate all generations about the lasting impact of the Vietnam War.


Upcoming Events

  •  6/3/2021 12:01 AM - 6/6/2021 02:00 PM
  •   250 Fairground Street, Franklin, IN, USA

The Wall That Heals and the mobile Education Center will be on display free of charge in Franklin, IN.

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  •  5/29/2021 11:00 AM
  •   751 W King St, Franklin, IN, USA

The Motorcycle Ride fundraiser is back! Come tout and enjoy a motorcycle ride with a poker run, 50-50 drawing, 50-50 chances at each stop, T-shirts, raffle and a provided dinner when you return. Registration is 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by kickstands up at 11 a.m. This ride leaves from the Johnson County Shrine Club, 751 W. King St., Franklin, IN 46131. The cost is $30 for riders and $10 for passengers. Call Kathy at 317-513-4566 for info.

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  •  5/22/2021 12:00 PM
  •   Hi-Way Lanes, 400 N. Morton St., Franklin, IN 46131

Come support the effort to bring The Wall That Heals to Franklin. The event starts at noon. The cost is $20 and includes shoes and two hours of bowling. There will be a 50-50 skill shot and bake sale as well. To register, call Kathy Ballou at 317-513-4566 or Chuck at 317-736-5177

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  • $35
  •  3/24/2021 06:30 PM
  •   813 West Smith Valley Road, Greenwood, IN, USA

Designer Purse Bingo to benefit the June 3-6 display of The Wall That Heals in Franklin, IN at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. 20 games, raffle baskets, silent auction, door prizes, and 50/50. Cost is $35 per ticket, extra sheets will be available to purchase for $5 each. COVID-19 precautions will be followed as outlined by the Governor of Indiana. Food for sale by the Women of the Moose. Bar open. TICKET INFO: CONTACT KATHY at 317-513-4566 Great Christmas or Valentines Day Gift!!! Coach, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade

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Hotels & Restaurants

Hotels & Restaurants
Plan your trip to Franklin by visiting the Festival Country Indiana website for information about area hotels, restaurants, attractions and hotels. You may also view or request a copy of the Activities Guide to best plan your visit. The visitor center at 66 S. Water St. in Franklin is open 11-5 Tuesday through Saturday to assist you during your visit. 


  • Franklin, Indiana, United States
  • (Mailing address: The Wall That Heals Franklin, Committee Chair Kathy Ballou, 1686 Preidt Cir., Franklin, IN 46131)