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Residents invited to welcome the Memorial Wall to the SCV Wednesday

Posted: September 24, 2013 7:34 p.m.
Updated: September 24, 2013 7:34 p.m.

Santa Clarita Valley residents are invited to help welcome the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Memorial Wall as it rolls into the valley Wednesday escorted by the American Legion Post 507 Riders and other motorcyclists.

At least 12 to 15 motorcyclists have confirmed they will provide an honor guard for the truck hauling the wall, said organizer Duane Harte. But he added others may show up as well.

The 80 percent replica of the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., will be on display in the northeast corner of the Westfield Valencia Town Center mall Thursday through Sunday.

Harte and his group will meet up with the wall at Crown Valley Road and Highway 14 in Acton about 2 p.m. Wednesday. At 3 p.m., they will escort it on the leg that takes it down the 14 and up Interstate 5 to Santa Clarita.

He expects the wall to enter the Santa Clarita Valley at the Magic Mountain Parkway off-ramp from the northbound I-5 about 3:45 p.m.

Residents are invited to welcome the wall by lining the parkway anywhere that’s safe along the road to the Town Center parking lot.

The wall will be set up Thursday morning at the corner of Magic Mountain Parkway and Citrus Street.

Events planned during the wall’s stay in the Santa Clarita Valley include:

Opening ceremony at 6 p.m. An honor guard will be on hand during the ceremonies, and guest speakers will include Vietnam War veteran Bill Reynolds. A special presentation will be made to Chuck Morris, the Friendly Valley veteran of the Korean War who worked for more than a year to arrange for the wall’s visit.

A 6 p.m. ceremony at the wall will feature Vietnam veteran R.J. Kelly.

A 5 p.m. ceremony at the wall will feature an ROTC honor guard and an address by Vietnam War veteran Dick Jeffrey.

Closing ceremonies will be conducted at 5 p.m. VFW District Commander Gary Mitchell will speak, and an all-veterans honor squad will conduct a 21-gun salute.




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