Replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Opens on Campus
February 26, 2013 – An aluminum replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on campus is available to the public through Columbus Day weekend, thanks to the Georgetown University Student Veterans Association (GUSVA).
The association worked with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation (VVMF) to host the exhibit in response to the government shutdown that makes the real memorial closed to visitors.
The exhibit, called The Wall That Heals, includes the nearly 60,000 names of those who died in the war, including 23 Georgetown alumni.
Those veterans include Aloysius Paul McGonigal (C’66), who served as a military chaplain in the war, and Joseph Mark Lauinger (C’67), an Army first lieutenant for whom Georgetown’s main campus library is named.
“We are honored … to host this memorial at Georgetown,” President John J. DeGioia said. “We hope that visitors … who are affected by the closure of the National Mall will visit our campus to experience this extraordinary replica and remember those it honors.”
Georgetown is offering free shuttles from the Mall to campus through the exhibit’s time on campus.
David Shearman (F'11, G’14) Georgetown’s veterans office coordinator, says the partnership between the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation (VVMF) and Georgetown has resulted in the association being the first student veterans chapter to host The Wall That Heals exhibit.
“VVMF is working to create opportunities for our nation to reflect on the service and sacrifices of our Vietnam Veterans, and Georgetown is a place where reflection and service to others are practiced on a daily basis by our community,” Shearman said. “It is remarkably fitting for VVMF to bring this memorial to [Georgetown] … and that [it] should sit next to the Joseph Mark Lauinger Library…”
This is Georgetown’s second response to the government shutdown as part of its commitment to the District of Columbia. The university recently announced the availability of free courses at its School of Continuing Education at the new downtown campus – 640 Massachusetts Ave NW in the Metro-accessible Gallery Place/Chinatown neighborhood.