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Antelope Valley to unveil mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

November 13, 2009 |  9:16 am

A mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is scheduled to be unveiled this evening at Joe Davies Heritage Airpark in Palmdale.

The wall is designed to honor Vietnam veterans, including those from the Antelope Valley, and is a replica of the original in Washington, Palmdale officials said.

“We are very proud and honored to have this,” said Palmdale city spokesman John Mlynar. “It’s a community monument. It was everyone in the Antelope Valley coming together. It’s a healing wall.”

Standing about 6 feet high at its apex and measuring about 250 feet in length, the Antelope Valley wall is engraved with the names of service personnel who were killed or went missing in action during the Vietnam War.

Palmdale officials said schoolchildren, civic groups, businesses and private citizens were among those who helped raise more than $100,000 to fund construction and engraving of the wall by local company Signs & Designs.

Schoolchildren collected more than 20% of the money through several fundraising drives called “Pennies for Soldiers,” officials said.

Veterans, city officials and other invited guests will attend the 6 p.m. dedication ceremony. The wall will remain on display from 9 tonight until 11 a.m. Nov. 21. After that, it will be managed and maintained for further display by members of Point Man of the Antelope Valley, a group dedicated to helping veterans and their families.

-- Ann M. Simmons