The Wall That Heals

The Wall That Heals, a traveling half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will be on display during the Pumpkin Festival and located at the Morton Public Library (just a few blocks west of the main festival grounds). The memorial will be available for public viewing from Wednesday, September 12, through Sunday, September 16.

The Wall That Heals was first unveiled on Veterans Day of 1996 in Washington, D.C., and was designed to travel to communities throughout the United States allowing the Veterans enshrined on the Memorial to exist once more among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings.

The Wall that Heals also features a Traveling Museum and Information Center, providing a comprehensive educational component to enrich and complete visitors' experiences. The Museum exhibit puts faces to the more than 58,000 names on the Memorial, telling their stories and chronicling the Vietnam War and the creation of The Wall. The Information Center serves as a venue for people to learn about friends and loved ones lost in the war. Equipped with a scanner, the Information Center also allows visitors to upload photos and remembrances of loved ones on The Wall.

If you are interested in volunteering at The Wall That Heals, please contact Larry Stimeling.

Our Sponsors

Lead Sponsors:





Supporting Sponsors:


Flag Sponsors:Knapp-Johnson Funeral HomeAllA
Alltrust Financial Management
Benckendorf & Benckendorf, P.C.
The Staff at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home
McDonald's of Morton
Mike Murphy Ford
State Representative Keith Sommer

Friend Sponsors:
Best Western Ashland House/Paddy O'Flaherty's Irish Pub
Joe Wirth, CFP, Country Financial
Joseph C. Zimmerman III DDS Ltd.

Lighthouse Automotive
Rotary Club of Morton
Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge


School Trips

We would like to invite school groups to plan a fall field trip to The Wall That Heals.  Field trip experiences are free of charge and open to all groups on Thursday, September 13th and Friday, September 14th.

To schedule your field trip, please contact Larry Stimeling at 266-5147 or

Special Events and Ceremonies

Tuesday, September 11th

The Wall That Heals will have a motorcycle escort when it arrives in Morton. Riders from several motorcycle groups will join together to meet the Wall at the Goodfield Rest Area. The groups include: Quiet Pride, Patriot Guard Riders, and Legion Riders from American Legion Posts in Bartonville, Spring Bay and Canton.

The escort will be led by Illinois State Police who will hand off to the Morton Police Department.
The route begins at the Goodfield rest area west bound at 11:00 am on September 11th
Hand off to Morton Poloce Department at exit 102 at approximately 11:10 am
South on Morton Avenue to Jackson St.
West on Jackson to Detroit Ave.
South on Detroit to South Main
North on Main to Jefferson
West on Jefferson to Pershing
Arrive at the Library at 315 West Pershing at approximately 11:30 am

For more information contact Larry Stimeling at 266-5147

Thursday, September 13th at 4:00pm
John Hosier, Through the Eyes Exhibit
James DeLoatche, Commander, 16th District, The American Legion Department of Illinois
Bagpipes - Amazing Grace by Robert Preston
Fly Over - Major Bennett of the Air National Guard in Peoria in a C-130 cargo plane.
Missing Man Ceremony - Air Force JROTC from Limestone High School

Sunday, September 16th at 4:00pm
Mowhawk Man, Patriot
Wayne Wagner, Department Commander, The American Legion Department of Illinois
National Anthem and Patriot Songs - Cathy Reynolds, Nashville Recording Artist