Traveling Vietnam Wall Comes to Southern California
2012-03-02 · By Editor
The Dignity Memorial® Vietnam Wall, a three-quarter-scale traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be open for public viewing March 23 through 30, 2012, at Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary #FD970, 3888 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, CA 90601.
“The monument was created as a service to those who might never travel to the nation’s capital to experience the Vietnam Wall firsthand,” said Patrick Monroe, President of Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary. “This replica offers visitors a chance for healing and reflection; we are pleased to be able to share it with the community especially in conjunction with California’s annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.”
Free and open to the public 24 hours a day from March 23 through March 30, the replica is eight feet high and 240 feet long. Its black, reflective surface is inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 servicemen and women who died or are missing in Vietnam. Paper and pencils will be provided so visitors can make rubbings of names etched on the wall. A display of Vietnam-era vehicles will be on-hand March 26 through March 30, and Taps will be performed daily around sunset following a blessing at the Wall.
Activities and ceremonies planned during the week include the following:
- A motorcade of veterans and other riders from motorcycle clubs will escort the Wall from the California border into Whittier on March 22, followed by a Purple Heart Ceremony at about 2:30 p.m.; the public is invited to attend
- The Opening Ceremony will take place on March 23 at 7:00 p.m. A prelude concert will start at 6:30 p.m. During the ceremony, speakers will include keynote speaker Linda Sanchez and special guest speaker Jim Pilkenton, a Vietnam Veteran who received multiple medals for heroism, and is a graduate of Sierra High School.
- A Veterans Resource Fair will be held on March 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and will feature nearly 50 organizations and businesses that provide services to Veterans.
- A candlelight POW/MIA Ceremony takes place March 24 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The service will feature a performance by The Real Truth and an address by a former POW.
- March 27 through March 29, Rose Hills will sponsor three Education Days with activities, docents and Veterans on hand to speak to high school and middle school classes.
- The Closing Ceremony will be held March 30 at 6:30 p.m. The service will feature a musical performance by Harmony of Heaven, a white dove release, and a “Call to the Wall” for all Vietnam Veterans.
Volunteers are needed to read names and staff the week-long event. To volunteer, please call Phyllis at 805.341.7269.
The Vietnam Wall program and Veterans Resource Fair are sponsored locally by Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary with generous support from Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe’s office, T.E. Roberts, Inc., JB Hunt, Batesville Caskets, Phoenix Memorial Portraits and Bronze, Radisson Hotel Whittier, Norm’s Flowers, California Grill, Caremore, Taking the Hill, I’d Like That! Dba Jawco Graphics and Graphicom Digital, Trinity Reprographics, V.E.R.T, Oltmans Construction, Point Man Ministries, Central Basin Municipal Water District, Coca Cola Bottling Company, San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, Costco, Richard Bergquist Photography, Tanya Pham Photography, Matthew Gush Photography, Carpenters Union, and California Domestic Water Company.
The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall is one of many efforts of the Dignity Memorial network to honor and support our nation’s veterans and active military. Other initiatives and programs include the Veterans Planning Guide, the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program, educational veterans’ seminars and special pricing and benefits for members of three veterans’ service organizations.
About Rose Hills
Founded in 1914, Rose Hills has since grown to be the largest memorial park in the world. It is a full-service memorial facility with a modern mortuary, flower shop, reception center, and premiere cemetery property to serve the community in both pre-need and at-need situations. It serves 10,000 families a year. Rose Hills is located in Whittier, California, with approximately 1,400 acres of property for current use or future development and is considered to be the largest single-operated cemetery in the world. Although it is purposely secluded, Rose Hills is only minutes away from any point in the Greater Los Angeles or Orange County area, and offers a full range of funeral services to meet the memorialization needs of Southern California families. For information visit www.rosehills.com.