They sacrificed their friends, their families, the best years of their lives and sometimes even life itself. Santa Clarita Valley residents want to thank veterans of the Vietnam War, by showing them that we will never forget that sacrifice.
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The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall is coming to the Westfield Valencia Town Center in less than a month, from Sept. 26 to 29, and will be open 24 hours a day, with continuous live readings of the 58,238 names.
There are still plenty of shifts open to read names of fallen service men and women.
Arif Halaby, whose company Total Financial Solutions is sponsoring the event, said that another 80 to 100 volunteers are needed, and he wanted to remind residents of the importance of filling every slot to make the event a success.
“This is a way to honor those that have passed away,” Halaby said, “but more importantly, not just to honor them, but to remember them.”
Halaby also wants the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall to be the “welcome home” that some Vietnam veterans never received.
“One of the biggest problems when people returned from Vietnam is that people didn’t respect them,” he said.
Total Financial Solutions is giving preference to family members and Vietnam veterans who would like to read a specific name.
Halaby said that three people have already come forward, including a father who lost his brother in the war. His son will read the name of the uncle he never knew.
Because of this, volunteers are asked to be flexible if their shift is changed.
Chuck Morris, one of the organizers of the event, agreed that reading the names aloud is an important part of the experience.
“I talk to so many veterans that have seen the wall,” he said. “Whenever I say we’re going to read the names, they’re in awe.”
Signups will be available until the start of the event. Click here to find a shift.
For more information about the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall and additional volunteer opportunities, click here.
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Source: Santa Clarita News