MURRIETA – A wall bearing images intended to honor those who served in the Vietnam War will be unveiled at the city of Murrieta’s Veterans Memorial in Town Square Park on Veterans Day, it was announced today.
The “Vietnam War Memorial Wall” will be the third addition to walls already in place saluting World War II and Korean War veterans.
“Murrieta’s Town Square Park is home to this incredibly special veterans memorial that reflects the strong patriotism and respect for the military that is prevalent throughout the community,” Mayor Lisa DeForest said. “We are proud to unveil the Vietnam War Memorial Wall, which will honor all those who were impacted by that war and pivotal time in our nation’s history.”
The unveiling is slated to occur after the city’s annual Veterans Day Parade, which will conclude at the park on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 11.
A patriotic concert featuring singer-songwriter Gabriel Wren will be part of the ceremony.
The Veterans Memorial, located on the east side of the park, consists of a granite obelisk surrounded by the walls, as well as space dedicated to memorializing prisoners of war and those missing in action from all of the United States’ overseas campaigns.
According to officials, plans are in the works for additional walls recognizing the American Revolutionary War, War of 1812, the Civil War, Desert Storm and Desert Shield, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
The city could not immediately confirm how much had been raised by public and private sources for construction of the Vietnam War Memorial Wall. Officials said the Murrieta Veterans Memorial Committee and the Murrieta Veterans Memorial Foundation were instrumental in bringing the project to fruition.
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