Coming to Franklin, IN

June 3-6, 2021


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.

Upcoming Events

  • $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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  • $30
  •  5/15/2021 11:00 AM
  •   1200 Park Avenue, Franklin, IN, USA

Motorcycle ride scheduled with kick stands up at 11 a.m. Cost is $30, or $20 for the passenger. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Breakfast will be available. Following ride, a BBQ dinner will be available. Raffles at each stop as well as at the end of the ride. Blue River Band will be entertaining the riders and public beginning at 4:30 pm. All entrants will be given a T-shirt at registration. All proceeds to support the cost to display The Wall That Heals to Franklin, IN.

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  •  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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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)