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.