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In Honor & Rememberance

Dates: August 25th - August 28th, 2022

The Wall that Heals will be escorted directly to the Rumsey Park by multiple veteran motorcycle groups on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022. Spectators can support and recognize the service of these great men and women who served during the Vietnam War. (Time will be announced at a later date). Please check back soon!

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THE WALL THE HEALS PAYSON
EVENT SCHEDULE

The Wall That Heals exhibit features a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The replica is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. Visitors experience The Wall rising above them as they walk towards the apex, a key feature of the design of The Wall in D.C.

THE WALL THAT HEALS hours of operation will be open 24 hours starting on Thursday, August 25th thru Sunday, August 28th, and closes at 2 PM on Sunday August 28.

  • Arrival - Tuesday, August 23 

  • Setup - 8:30AM - 4PM Wednesday, August 24 

  • Volunteer Training- 6 PM Wednesday, August 24

  • The Wall That Heals open 24 hours Thursday to Sunday (closing Sunday at 2 pm)

  • Taps - 7 PM Wednesday - Saturday, 2 PM Sunday 

  • Ceremony - 12 Noon - 1 PM Saturday

                   Emcee: Marshall Trimble - Former Official State Historian & Member of Arizona Veteran's Hall of Fame

                   Keynote Speaker: Robert Patterson - Medal of Honor Recipient, Vietnam Veteran & Sergeant in the US Military

  • The Wall That Heals Closes Sunday at 2PM
  • Tear down - 2 PM Sunday
  • Exhibit leaves - Sunday

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Robert Patterson

Medal of Honor Recipient
Key Note Speaker​

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Patterson (then Sp4c.) distinguished himself while serving as a fire team leader of the 3d Platoon, Troop B, during an assault against a North Vietnamese Army battalion which was entrenched in a heavily fortified position. When the leading squad of the 3d Platoon was pinned down by heavy interlocking automatic-weapons and rocket-propelled-grenade fire from two enemy bunkers, Sgt. Patterson and the two other members of his assault team moved forward under a hail of enemy fire to destroy the bunkers with grenade and machine-gun fire. Observing that his comrades were being fired on from a third enemy bunker covered by enemy gunners in one-man spider holes, Sgt. Patterson, with complete disregard for his safety and ignoring the warnings of his comrades that he was moving into a bunker complex, assaulted and destroyed the position. Although exposed to intensive small-arms and grenade fire from the bunkers and their mutually supporting emplacements, Sgt. Patterson continued his assault upon the bunkers which were impeding the advance of his unit. Sgt. Patterson singlehandedly destroyed by rifle and grenade fire five enemy bunkers, killed eight enemy soldiers, and captured seven weapons. His dauntless courage and heroism inspired his platoon to resume the attack and to penetrate the enemy defensive position. Sgt. Patterson's action at the risk of his life has reflected great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

 

MARSHALL TRIMBLE

Emcee

Marshall Trimble has been called the “Will Rogers of Arizona.” He can deliver anything from a serious history lecture to a stage concert of cowboy folk music and stories with his guitar. Trimble appears frequently on radio and television as a goodwill ambassador for the state.


He taught Arizona history at Scottsdale Community College for 40 years before retiring in 2014.

His first book was published in 1977. Since then he’s written more than twenty books on Arizona and the West.  


In 1997, the governor of Arizona appointed him Official State Historian. 

A former U.S. Marine, in 2004 he was inducted into the Arizona Veteran’s Hall of Fame. That same year he received the “Semper Fi” Award from the U.S. Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

In 2016 he was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to the Board of Directors for the Arizona Historical Society. He served one term as president 2015-2016.
Trimble has served more than 25 years as a founding member of the Arizona Peace Officer Memorial Board honoring officers who died in the line of duty.

He is a special deputy with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office with the rank of captain. He is also an honorary deputy sheriff in Cochise County. and he is an honorary major in the Arizona National Guard.


Marshall was born in Mesa, Arizona and grew up in Ash Fork, a small railroad town along old Route 66. He makes his home in Scottsdale with his wife Vanessa. 

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