The Wall That Heals announces route to Joyner Park

The Wall That Heals announces route to Joyner Park

The Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation will host The Wall That Heals, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 18-21. Free and open to the public, the exhibit will be available 24-hours-a-day beginning 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, through 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

Although The Wall That Heals (TWTH) will officially open to the public on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 8 a.m., the structure will be delivered to Joyner Park as part of an impressive processional on Tuesday, Oct. 16, before being assembled on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

TWTH Planning Committee is inviting area residents in Youngsville, Rolesville, Wake Forest and beyond to step outside between 11 a.m. and noon on Tuesday, Oct. 16, and watch as The Wall That Heals processional winds its way to Joyner Park along the following route:

  • At 11 a.m., depart the Food Lion Shopping Center, 1160 US 1, Youngsville, located at the intersection of US 1 and NC Hwy 96;

  • Turn right onto NC Hwy 96 and go 1.7 miles; 

  • Turn left onto NC Hwy 96/Main Street (downtown Youngsville) and go 0.3 mile;

  • Turn right onto NC Hwy 96 and go 6.2 miles (through the traffic circle at the intersection of NC Hwy 96 and NC Hwy 98) to US Hwy 401;

  • Turn right onto US Hwy 401 and go 2.8 miles to the second Rolesville Exit (East Young Street);

  • Turn right onto East Young Street and go 0.8 mile to North Main Street;

  • Turn left onto North Main Street (downtown Rolesville) and go 0.5 mile (past Rolesville Elementary School, 307 S. Main St.) to Rogers Road;

  • Turn right onto Rogers Road and go 4.6 miles (past Heritage Elementary and Heritage Middle schools, 3500 Rogers Road) to South Main Street;

  • Turn right onto South Main Street and go 1.7 miles (past Wake Forest Middle School, 1800 S. Main St., The Lodge at Wake Forest, 1151 S. Main St., and Wake Forest Elementary School, 136 W. Sycamore Ave.) to the South Main Street/South Avenue roundabout;

  • Bear to the right in the roundabout onto South Avenue and go 1.6 miles (past Wake Forest High School, 420 W. Stadium Ave.) to US 1/Capital Boulevard. Please note: South Avenue will transition to Front Street, North Street and Stadium Drive.

  • Turn right onto US 1 North/Capital Boulevard and go 1.1 miles to Harris Road.

  • Turn right onto Harris Road and go 0.6 mile to E. Carroll Joyner Park;

  • Turn right into Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

The total distance is 20 miles, and the total travel time is approximately 45 minutes.

The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

Wake Forest has the honor of being the only town in North Carolina scheduled to host the exhibit in 2018. As such, Wake Forest will be among the first to host a new, larger exhibit, which includes a three-quarter scale Wall replica that is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. With the new replica at this size, visitors will be able to experience The Wall rising above them as they walk towards the apex, a key feature of the design of The Wall in Washington, D.C.

For more information about The Wall That Heals in Wake Forest, including a complete schedule of events, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/the-wall-that-heals.aspx and “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/twthwakeforestnc/.