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The Wall That Heals is coming to Chamberlain, SD, August 9-13, 2017.

Wednesday, August 9, volunteer motorcycle escorts will accompany the trailer that carries The Wall That Heals via Old US Highway 16 from Mitchell to Chamberlain through the towns of Mt. Vernon, Plankinton, White Lake,  Kimball, and Pukwana.

The Wall That Heals and its Education Center will be on exhibit at the Rest Area/Information Center just off I-90 at Chamberlain (Exit 264).

The Wall That Heals will be open to the public 24-hours a day from August 9 at 8pm through August 13 at 4pm.

The Wall That Heals - Chamberlain, SD Schedule:

Wednesday, August 9

9am – Cabela’s Parking Lot, Mitchell, SD – Volunteer motorcycle escorts meet The Wall That Heals trailer.

9:45 am – Briefing for escorts.

10am – Ride leaves Cabela’s Parking Lot and follows route along Old US Highway 16.

11:30am (approximate) – Arrive Chamberlain I-90 Rest Area and Visitor Center.

Thursday, August 10 – Chamberlain I-90 Rest Area & Visitor Center

10am (9 MT) – Welcome Remarks – Larry Rohrer, SDPB

10:05am (9:05 MT) – Presentation of Colors – Vietnam Veterans of America Color Guard

10:10am (9:10 MT) – Pledge of Allegiance – Led by Chamberlain Mayor Chad Mutziger

10:12am (9:12 MT) – Prayer

10:15am (9:15 MT) – Native American Prayer

10:20am (9:20 MT) – Welcome Remarks, Gubernatorial Declaration & Recognition of Veterans & Dignitaries – Larry Zimmerman, Secretary, SD Dept. of Veterans Affairs

10:35am (9:35 MT) – Reading of Names of South Dakota's Vietnam War Dead and Missing

10:50am (9:50 MT) – Laying of Wreath & Playing of “Taps”

About The Wall That Heals

With the help of volunteers from throughout South Dakota, SDPB brings The Wall That Heals to the I-90 Rest Area near Chamberlain, SD, August 10-13. The exhibit is in conjunction with Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s epic documentary The Vietnam War, which premieres on SDPB on September 17.

The Wall That Heals is a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Like the original Memorial, The Wall That Heals is erected in a chevron-shape. As on The Wall, the names on The Wall That Heals are listed by day of casualty. Beginning at the center/apex, the names start on the East Wall (right-hand side) working their way out to the end of that wing, picking up again at the far end of the West Wall (left-hand side) and working their way back in to the center/apex, joining the beginning and end of the conflict at the center.

The exterior sides of the trailer that carries The Wall That Heals open to become a mobile Education Center. Information cases display photos of service members whose names are found on The Wall, along with letters and memorabilia left at The Wall in D.C. The Museum also includes 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.

Volunteer Opportunities

We need your assistance! The Wall That Heals is open to the public 24-hours-a-day from August 9 at 8:00pm through August 13 at 4:00pm. SDPB needs volunteers to offer visitor assistance at The Wall. You do not need to be a veteran or have any special knowledge of the Vietnam War or the Wall – training and materials will be provided. If you have some time to spare any time of day or night please call our volunteer coordinator: Ann Thiel 605-234-6049 or email

Motorcycle Escort

Do you ride? We need you! The Wall That Heals will be escorted from Mitchell to Chamberlain by veteran cyclists. We’ll meet in the south parking lot at Cabela’s in Mitchell at 9:00am Wednesday, August 9 with a briefing at 9:45am. The ride takes place beginning at 10:00am and will follow a route that takes us along Old Highway 16. We’ll arrive at the rest area in Chamberlain at about 11:30am.

Thank You to Our Supporters

Funding for THE VIETNAM WAR is provided by Bank of America; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; PBS; David H. Koch; The Blavatnik Family Foundation; Park Foundation; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; The Pew Charitable Trusts; Ford Foundation Just Films; Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and members of The Better Angels Society: Jonathan & Jeannie Lavine, Diane & Hal Brierley, Amy & David Abrams, John & Catherine Debs, Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, The Montrone Family, Lynda & Stewart Resnick, The Golkin Family Foundation, The Lynch Foundation, The Roger & Rosemary Enrico Foundation, Richard S. & Donna L. Strong Foundation, Bonnie & Tom McCloskey, Barbara K. & Cyrus B. Sweet III, The Lavender Butterfly Fund.

Local support for The Vietnam War comes from Black Hills Energy, Scull Construction Services Inc and Sanford Health.

THE VIETNAM WAR is a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington, DC. Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Written by Geoffrey C. Ward. Produced by Sarah Botstein, Lynn Novick and Ken Burns. 

The Vietnam War
Find out about the creation of The Vietnam War, coming to PBS Sunday, September 17, 2017.
A GI recalls how the Vietnam War divided American society.
A GI talks about his fear of land mines, and the courage it took just to walk in Vietnam.
With the Vietnam War ramping up, college students begin to worry about the draft.