The Georgetown University Student Veterans Association, in partnership with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation (VVMF), has erected a replica of the authentic Vietnam memorial on Georgetown’s main campus.
The two organizations created the exhibit, called The Wall That Heals, in response to the ongoing government shutdown that has closed the actual Vietnam Veterans Memorial to visitors and veterans. The Wall That Heals is an aluminum replica that contains the nearly 60,000 names of those who died in the war as well as 23 Hoya alumni. “It is fantastic to see Georgetown and the VVMF work together to overcome petty politics that would otherwise prevent visitors to D.C. from experiencing this Memorial,” said Peter Frantz, a Georgetown University alumnus from the Class of 2002 and a current biotechnology industry executive. “It is consistent with Georgetown’s long tradition of supporting the military – from hosting the area’s Army ROTC program to choosing school colors that would bring the opposing sides of the Civil War together.”
Founded in 1789, Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit institution in the US. During the Civil War, the University nearly closed as student enrollment dropped from 313 to 17. Following the end of the war, Georgetown students elected to change the school’s colors to blue (Union) and gray (Confederate) as a symbol of unification to celebrate the end of the Civil War. Georgetown’s The Wall That Heals will be open to the public through Columbus Day weekend. The school is offering free shuttles from the Mall to the campus during exhibit times.
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