Due to shutdown, Vietnam War Memorial replica comes to Georgetown

IMG_8748A piece of the government shutdown has come to Georgetown, by way of the replica of the Vietnam War Memorial  installed on Healy Lawn.

As the Memorial is maintained by the National Park Service, it is currently unavailable to visitors. “A lot of veterans visit [D.C.] this time of year,” said Erika Ross, volunteer program coordinator at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which donated the Memorial to the United States. “We rushed it back here as soon as possible.”

The replica is part of a traveling exhibit, where the replica itself, along with a short timeline, and artifacts and personal stories of soldiers and their family. The entire exhibit is a smaller version of the educational center that is being built at the site of the wall. According to Ross, the Fund’s goal is to collect mementos for each name on the wall—which includes 23 Georgetown alumni.

The exhibit will be on display through Monday.

Photo: Georgetown Voice/Julia Tanaka

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