The City of La Habra and American Legion Post 267, La Habra will host the Vietnam Veterans Memorial: The Wall that Heals at La Habra High School Football Stadium Thursday, July 11, 2013 through Sunday, July 14, 2013. The Wall that Heals is a half-size replica of the original Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial. An effort was initiated in 2010 to bring the Wall to La Habra, and in early January we received a call from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Foundation letting us know that our request was approved.
Raul Luna, Chairman of the event’s Executive Committee, worked with City staff to form seven committees that will organize and manage activities scheduled during the Wall’s stay. The process began in February and will continue through the exhibit. The City is still looking for volunteers and sponsors to help make this a memorable community event. The primary goal is to memorialize those who made the ultimate sacrifice, recognize those who served in the armed forces, and educate the community about patriotism through our committees, sponsors and special ceremonies.
Activities will begin Wednesday, July 10th, when the Wall will be escorted into the City by a caravan of motorcycle riders and traffic control officers. The Wall will exit the 57 freeway and proceed west on Imperial Highway to Idaho Street, then proceed north, arriving at La Habra High School. People are encouraged to stand along the route with American flags to welcome the Wall to our community.
On Thursday, July 11th, at 10:00 a.m., the opening ceremonies will be held, which will include a military presentation, speeches, and a flyover by Combat U.S.A pilots flying their historic planes. The candlelight vigil, which honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice, will be held on Saturday, July 13th at 6:00 p.m. The closing ceremonies will take place on Sunday, July 14th at 2:00 p.m., when event sponsors will be recognized. Without their vital support, the City could not have hosted the Wall.
If you are interested in sponsoring the Wall, print out the sponsorship brochure by clicking here.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial: The Wall that Heals will be open 24 hours a day, beginning Thursday, July 11th through Sunday, July 14th. A Visitor’s Center and museum are part of the exhibit. If you are interested in being part of the experience, as a sponsor or a volunteer, or would like to arrange for a group visit, please contact David De Leon at 562-905-9708 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Karlee Marshall at 562-905-9708 or email@example.com.
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