Veterans Memorial Wall on display today

Palmdale administrative offices will close for holiday

11/7/2014, midnight
An opening ceremony to commemorate the fifth anniversary display of the Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall for the Antelope Valley ...

An opening ceremony to commemorate the fifth anniversary display of the Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall for the Antelope Valley (AV Wall) will be held on today at 6 p.m. at the Palmdale Amphitheater, 2723 Rancho Vista Boulevard in Palmdale.

Hosted by the city of Palmdale and Point Man Antelope Valley, the AV Wall will be open to the public 24 hours a day while it is on display through Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 11 p.m. Taps will be played nightly at 10 p.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 8 at 9 p.m., there will be a Candlelight Memorial Walk to honor the “AV 76,” the 76 men of the Antelope Valley killed during the Vietnam War.

Then on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11 at precisely 11 a.m., the Antelope Valley Service Organization Association will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony. Led by emcee Bobby Breech, the ceremony will feature remarks from Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford, Highland High School Travel Ensemble will sing “God Bless America” and the “National Anthem,” Blue Eagles Honor Guard will do the Raising of the Colors, Highland High School Air Force JROTC will do the “Table of Honor Ceremony” and Viola Lawrence with the Daughters of the American Revolution will read “What is a Vet?”

The Veterans Day ceremony is free and open to the public. The AVSOA comprises more than 30 area service clubs and encourages the community to participate in their events.

The AV Wall is one of only two mobile walls that are engraved and the only one laid out in the same design as the original in Washington, D.C. measuring approximately 250 feet long and six feet high at the apex, it contains the engraved names of all 58,299 Vietnam veterans killed in action and missing in action.

From 2005 through 2009, more than $100,000 was raised locally to build the wall. It was dedicated at a ceremony at Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42 on Nov. 13, 2009. Point Man Antelope Valley, the guardians of the AV Wall, have a dedicated committee to oversee all aspects of the AV Wall.

For more information, call (661) 524-6408, or visit www.avwall.org.

City of Palmdale administrative and business offices, the Palmdale Playhouse box office, and the Palmdale City Library will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

Administrative and business offices will reopen Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 a.m. The Palmdale City Library will reopen on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m.

Customers may register for recreation and culture classes, buy tickets for Palmdale Playhouse, and access library online services 24 hours a day at www.cityofpalmdale.org.

In case of an emergency, residents may call (661) 267-5338 to report issues such as sewer overflows, roadway/right of way hazards including downed tree limbs, downed signs and potholes, or broken sprinkler lines in city parks and landscaped areas.