Vietnam Memorial Wall comes to Santa Clarita
Ceremony will honor more than 58,000 lost
OW Staff Writer | 9/20/2013, midnight
For the first time in history, the largest traveling replica of the iconic Vietnam Memorial Wall will be on display in Santa Clarita for the community to honor those who sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War. The wall will be at the Westfield Valencia Town Center from Sept. 26-29, and will be available for visits 24-hours a day during that time.
The wall was built to visit communities across the country, allowing residents to pay their respects to the thousands of men and women lost, while raising awareness and starting conversations about the Vietnam War. The traveling wall is a complete replica of the actual wall in Washington, and includes more than 58,000 names.
“Santa Clarita, like so many other Southern California communities, is home to thousands of veterans. We could not be more proud to welcome the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall (AVTT) to our city to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and to pay respect to those who so bravely served our country then and now,” said Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar.
Hundreds of volunteers have committed to help provide constant vigil at the wall, ensuring people can visit any time of day. On its final day in Santa Clarita, a closing ceremony will be held with local Boy Scouts and volunteers reading the list of more than 58,000 names inscribed on the wall.
Additionally, students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades were given the opportunity to submit their own personal essay on the Vietnam War and its importance to America. Local winners of this special patriotic project will be announced and presented with scholarship prize money at the closing ceremony.
Friendly Valley Veterans Club is the official sponsor of the AVTT Vietnam Memorial Wall, and have partnered with local organizations to bring this special piece of history to the community, including the city of Santa Clarita, radio station KHTS AM-1220, Westfield Valencia Town Center and the County of Los Angeles.
For more information on the AVTT Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall in Santa Clarita, visit SCVVietnamWall.com.