The Wall That Heals won’t be coming to the area in 2020
The community of Gower won’t be hosting The Wall That Heals next year, but that won’t dampen its commitment to bringing the memorial to Northwest Missouri.
Cynthia Long, program Manager for The Wall That Heals – a scaled replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. – notified Gower Mayor Chip Holman on Wednesday, October 30, that Gower was not selected to be a host city for the wall in 2020.
Long said there were over 100 applications received requesting the wall for the 2020 calendar year, and that was a record-breaking year for requests to host the wall. Also in the email, she encouraged the Gower Area Chamber of Commerce – the entity that applied for the wall – to reapply for the 2021 tour. The applications process for that would open on May 25, 2020.
Although disappointed in this decision, members of the Gower Area Chamber of Commerce Committee are not deterred from reapplying to be a host on the 2021 tour.
“We were not selected to host the wall in 2020, but it is something that is important enough to the veterans and public in this area for us to continue to try,” said Tony Gardner, American Legion Commander and a member of the committee
The site the committee first selected to display the wall was not approved but the alternative site submitted was approved in early October.
The site schedule for 2020 is available for anyone interested and may be accessed on the wall’s website.