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I’m Tim Stevens and I’m the producer of the documentary ‘The Wall That Heals’.
After I retired at the newspaper, I started writing plays and one of the plays i wrote was about the Vietnam experience in my hometown. Then I found out about ‘The Wall That Heals,’ which is a three quarter replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It travels around the country so that people can see it who can’t go to Washington.
I got excited about the possibility of bringing it here and started researching more and more and found some interesting stories, found some interesting things that make North Carolina unique in its Vietnam War experience and just decided to try to put it all together and kind of save it as a record. And the result was this documentary about The Wall That Heals.
I was very lucky to find Chuck Fishbein. He had just relocated to our area from New York. He has a national reputation for making documentaries, and he saw what I had and said, you know, you’ve worked so hard and see if we can work together and make something that would really speak to people. And we think The Wall That Heal has a voice that people will listen to and be moved by. The people that we talk about range from New Bern to Sylva.
We represent all branches of the military. One of the things that was important for us to get in here is that we talk a lot about the people who were killed. But we also have a story in there about a man from Sylva who survived the war, but his life was completely changed. He was never the person that he had been. And we think he probably represents an awful lot of people.
One of the most surprising things was that there was eight women whose names are among the 58,000 on the wall. And one of those is from North Carolina. She was there during the Tet Offensive in a hospital. We found pictures no one outside the family had ever seen. We found stories. We interviewed people.
The youngest person killed in Vietnam was Dan Bullock from Goldsboro. We just kind of sit back and tell the story and let these people speak for themselves.
The Wall That Heals is coming to Garner’s Lake Benson Park on March 31 through April 3, 2022. The exhibit, hosted by Show N Tell Ministries and the Town of Garner, is the preeminent traveling 3/4 scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and travels with a mobile education center. Visit TheWallThatHealsGarnerNC.org