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Thank you for bringing wall to SCV

Posted: October 7, 2013 2:31 p.m.
Updated: October 7, 2013 2:31 p.m.

The “thank yous” are pouring in.
We at The Signal invited residents touched by the recent visit of the AVTT Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to share their experiences.
And what we’re hearing is a resounding sense of gratitude from those who visited the Wall, who number in the thousands. Even those who gave their time to volunteer say they are humbled and grateful.
“I’m so glad we had the opportunity to see this great memorial,” wrote Cindy and Frank Allen.
“Truly a moment of gratitude extended by many of us who were at the Wall,” wrote a Signal poster. “Thank you, veterans!”
“Thank you, Santa Clarita, for offering space to the long-overdue tribute to those men and women who served during this period,” wrote George-Ann Clearly.
We join our voices with those saying “thank you” to everyone who served in the Vietnam War, recognizing the 58,000-plus names engraved in marble are a bleak reminder of lives unlived, but that no one who served there left with their lives unchanged.
And we also join with our readers in thanking those who made the Wall’s visit here a reality.
It was Chuck Morris, a Korean War veteran from Friendly Valley, who had the idea and got the ball rolling. But no one is more effusively grateful to the community for its help than Morris himself, who says he was overwhelmed by the response from residents who shared his vision and helped him make it happen.
From the Veterans of Foreign Wars who escorted the Wall into the community to those who read names at the Wall in the middle of the night, from the planners who spent months executing Morris’s vision to the veterans and others who helped grieving friends and family members find names on the Wall and held their hands as they cried — this was a community event made possible by the heart of Santa Clarita Valley residents for our armed services, for patriotism and for honor.
We stand with the rest in gratitude saying, “Thank you, Santa Clarita Valley, for making possible an experience we shall never forget.”


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