A SIMPLE PRAYER
Dear Lord. Please hold our troops in your loving hands. Bless them for their selfless acts of bravery and for those in need. Please bring them home safely. Amen
THE VIETNAM MEMORIAL VIRTUAL WALL
Located in Washington D.C., USA, the "Wall" memoralizes and honors the more than 58,300 women and men of all military services who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. May they be never forgotten. http://www.virtualwall.org/iStates.htm
LA MESA VIETNAM MEMORIAL
The American Legion Post 282 has been proud to maintain the Vietnam Memorial that is adjacent to our property at the intersection of La Mesa's University Ave and Spring Street. The full property title to the Memorial was transferred to American Legion La Mesa Post 282 in 1997 by the City of La Mesa. Post 282 pays for Memorial maintenance, utilities, and any taxes. We also post the colors daily and fund the replacement flags. Heartland Youth for Decency solicits and maintains the funds for major Memorial enhancements.
This Memorial was the first in California and one of the first in the Nation to honor Vietnam Veterans who gave their lives. Those on the La Mesa wall must have been 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 and who must have maintained such residency in the Heartland communities as their home of record while in service. The Memorial was built in 1970; dedicated on Flag Day, 14 June, 1970; and rededicated on Flag Day, 14 June 2014, exactly 44 years from the date of the original dedication. The rededication was due to the completion of major reconstruction due to vandalism and neglect since original construction. This was partly due to insufficient Post 282 funds that had allowed the Monument to deteriorate. Realizing this, corrective actions were taken (see http://www.hyfd.org/).
The rededication ceremony was well attended by the representatives of all of the La Mesa Veterans Club's organizations, those that participated in the original construction and dedication, representatives from the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Association, the Mayor of La Mesa, a Vietnam Prisoner of War, and the general population numbering approx. 400 total. The ceremony was broadcast by KUSI Television.
Donations for Memorial expenses may be made directly to La Mesa Post 282 (P.O. Box 265, La Mesa, CA 91944-0265). Donations for major, future enhancements may be made using the above link.