The Wall That Heals Displayed at Arnold Mill ES Nov. 17-20

The Wall That Heals Displayed at Arnold Mill ES Nov. 17-20

UPDATE: A Facebook Live video from the Wall’s arrival on Nov. 16, 2016 at Arnold Mill ES is posted on CCSD’s Facebook page:

A former Vietnam War POW will be the guest speaker at the welcome ceremony for The Wall That Heals at Arnold Mill Elementary School next week.


The Rev. Robert Certain

The Rev. Robert Certain, a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel who was held as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, will speak at the welcome ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.

The 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile education center, is being displayed at the school by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

The Rev. Certain has served as a military chaplain, parish priest and as an independent advisor to several cabinet-level federal departments.  He also is an author and speaker, and has been called to such roles as leading the memorial services and presiding over the burial of President Gerald R. Ford and delivering the invocation at the 2008 Republican National Convention.

The welcome ceremony also will include patriotic songs by the school’s chorus and remarks from School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower and Principal Daniel Fuller.  John Newport, Commandant for the Marine Corps League Detachment in Woodstock, will share a poem, with the presentation of colors by the River Ridge High School Junior ROTC and the playing of Taps.

The Wall is scheduled to arrive on campus, with a Patriot Guard and Warrior Watch escort (Northpoint Parkway to Highway 92 to Trickum Road to Arnold Mill Road), at approximately 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16.  A media briefing is planned for 11 a.m., and the Wall then will be erected over the course of four hours.

Following the welcome ceremony on Nov. 17, the display then will be open to the public to view at no charge through 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20.  The school is at 710 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 30188.

Donations from the school community are funding the event, and donations still are being accepted.

For more information about the Rev. Certain, visit his website:

Here’s more information from the Memorial Fund:
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the most visited memorial in our Nation’s Capital, with more than four million visitors each year. However, many Americans have not been able to visit what has become known to many as “The Wall.” The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the organization that built The Wall, wants to give all veterans and their family members all across America an opportunity to see the Memorial through The Wall That Heals display.

Since its debut in 1996, more than two million people have visited The Wall That Heals sites. The replica Wall is approximately 250 feet in length, and like the original Memorial is erected in a chevron-shape. The names on The Wall That Heals replicate the names on The Wall in Washington, D.C. As on The Wall, the names are listed alphabetically by day of casualty.

The exhibit also includes a mobile Education Center comprised of: photos of service members whose names are found on The Wall; letters and memorabilia left at The Wall in D.C.; a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the conflict in Vietnam. The exhibits tell the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the era surrounding the conflict, and are designed to put American experiences in Vietnam in a historical and cultural context.