Gayle Anderson was live in Valencia at the Westfield Valencia Town Center hosting the only west coast stop for a traveling 360-foot, 80-percent scale replica of the Washington D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Gayle gets the details on the opening ceremony.
Gayle Anderson was live in Valencia at the Westfield Valencia Town Center hosting the only west coast stop for a traveling 360-foot, 80-percent scale replica of the Washington D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The four-day event, featuring the wall and accompanying displays, is designed as a patriotic and educational presentation to honor U.S. veterans of all military conflicts. Local Boys Scouts of America will read the list of each of the more than 58,000 names on the wall, spanning 24 hours a day for the four days.
In honor of the occasion, Westfield Valencia Town Center will be decorated in a patriotic theme, featuring an exhibit of seven, 6×6-foot hearts designed by local artists.
Also, Westfield Valencia Town Center will hold nightly tribute ceremonies, offering restaurant discounts as well as hosting a Facebook contest for members to vote for a local artist who will perform “America the Beautiful” at the exhibit’s opening ceremonies.
Westfield Valencia Town Center
24201 West Valencia Boulevard
Valencia, California 91355
***The memorial is in the parking lot at Magic Mountain Parkway and Citrus Street.***
Thursday, September 26th
Opening Ceremony, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Speakers include U.S. Congressman Buck McKeon, California State Assemblyman Scott Wilk, Bronze Star decorated Vietnam Veteran Bill Reynolds, Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar. There’s a presentation to Friendly Valley Veterans Club Commander Chuck Morris by Bill Schwartz.
Friday, September 27th
Ceremony, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Speakers include L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich , Southern California Gas Co. spokesman Mike Mizrahi and veteran R.J. Kelly.
Saturday, September 28th
Ceremony, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Speakers include California Senator Steve Knight, Vietnam veteran Dick Jefferies and Dr. Gene Dorio of Santa Clarita
Sunday, September 29th
Closing Ceremony, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Speaker Gary Mitchell, VFW district commander
All-Veteran Honor Guard will offer 21-Gun Salute
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