AV Citizens Invited to Escort Mobile Vietnam Memorial Wall to the Palmdale Amphitheater

Patriot Guard Riders and American Legion Riders will lead the escort of The Antelope Valley's Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall from its storage facility to the Palmdale Amphitheater on November 8.

The group will gather at Life Storage, 380 West Palmdale Blvd. at 8:00am on November 8. The escort will depart at 8:30am.

The escort will travel west on Palmdale Blvd. to 10th Street West, north on 10th Street West to Rancho Vista Blvd, west on Rancho Vista Blvd. to The Palmdale Amphitheater  2723 Rancho Vista Blvd.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to line the escort route waving American flags and “Welcome Home” banners.  “We invite everyone to show their support for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Vietnam War,” said Volunteer Coordinator, Stacia Nemeth. “We hope residents and businesses take a moment to wave flags as we make our way to the park.” The Wall will be assembled upon its arrival at the Amphitheater.

This year's presentation of the AV Wall runs from 5 p.m. Nov. 8 until 8 a.m. Nov. 13. The monument is open to the public around the clock during the display period. Admission is free.

The Veterans Day ceremony is planned for 11 a.m. Nov. 11. A Candlelight Memorial Walk will take place at 9 p.m. Nov. 11.

Taps will be played nightly at 10 p.m.

The Antelope Valley's Mobile Vietnam Memorial Wall is a half-scale replica of the black granite wall on the Washington Mall that was designed by artist Maya Lin.

The local monument is built in portable sections, and has traveled across Southern California, most recently to San Diego last month for the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show that drew 50,000 people.

For details, go online to www.AVWALL.org or call (661) 524-6408.