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 The Virtual Wall has memorial pages honoring the 58,300 women and men who are named on "The Wall", the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, USA; those military persons who gave the "ultimate sacrifice" for their country.


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The American Legion Post 282 has been proud to maintain the Vietnam Memorial that is adjacent to our property at University Ave and Spring Street, La Mesa, CA. The title to the Memorial was transferred by the City of La Mesa to American Legion La Mesa Post 282 in 1997 without any concurrent transfer of funding.  Since then, we have maintained ownership.  We oversee the Memorial, post the colors, provide and pay for the day-to-day upkeep.   Heartland Youth for Decency solicits and maintains the funds for Memorial enhancements. 

The Memorial, one of the first in the Nation to honor Vietnam Veterans who were living in Southern California's Heartland area (consisting of the communities of La Mesa, Spring Valley, Jamul, Lemon Grove, El Cajon, Santee, and Lakeside) when they accepted the call to military service, during which service they gave their lives in the Vietnam War while maintaining their home of record in the Heartland communities), was built in 1970 and dedicated on Flag Day, 14 June, 1970.  Over the years, vandalism and neglect partly due to insufficient Post 282 funds had allowed the Monument to deteriorate.  Realizing this, corrective actions were taken (see http://www.hyfd.org/ ) and a rededication of the Monument took place on Flag Day, 14 June 2014, exactly 44 years from the date of the original dedication. 

The ceremony was well attended by the representatives of all of the La Mesa Veterans Club’s organizations, those that participated in the original building and dedication, representatives from other Veterans organizations, the Mayor of La Mesa, a Vietnam era Prisoner of War, and the general population numbering approximately 400 total.   The ceremony was broadcast by KUSI led by Dave Scott.  Donations for Memorial daily maintenance including flags may be made to Post 282.  For major, future Memorial enhancements, donations may be made per the above referenced link.