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July 18-21, 2013 - Open 24 hours
Woodbridge Community Park
20 Lake Road, Irvine
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Click here to view a video of the escort.
About the Memorials
The City of Irvine, in partnership with Vietnam Veterans of America and Visions2Victory, is proud to welcome The Wall That Heals, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. and the Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance.
A half-scale replica of the original Memorial that rests in Washington D.C., The Wall That Heals tours communities throughout the United States allowing the souls enshrined on the Memorial to exist once more among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings. Click here for more information.
The Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance memorializes the two million veterans and civilians involved in the Global War on Terror. This is the first time these two memorial walls appear together. Click here for more information.
Under the supervision of volunteers, both memorials will remain open for public viewing 24 hours a day from July 18-21.
Click to view an "Irvine Honors" interview with a Irvine's own Bill Tidwell, a Vietnam Veteran, about what the Memorial means to him.
Schedule of Events
Monday, July 15 - 4 or 6 p.m. Volunteer Training at Lakeview Senior Center (click here to sign up.)
Wednesday, July 17 - 8 a.m. Line up for the Escort Challenge in Riverside
Wall and Escort to arrive in Irvine between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 18 - 10 a.m. Opening Day Ceremony
Thursday, July 18 - 7 p.m. Bridging the Gap
Honoring both U.S. and South Vietnam Veterans
Friday, July 19 - 7 p.m. POW/MIA Tribute and Candle Lighting Ceremony
Red Shirt Friday*
*Wear a RED shirt to Remember Every Deployed
Saturday, July 20 - 10 a.m. Welcome & Gratitude Ceremony (Main event)
Sunday, July 21 - 6 p.m. Closing and Honor Walk of Flags Ceremony
Seating is limited, please bring folding chairs or blankets to sit on during the ceremonies.
Thank You For Your Support!
The Committee would like to recognize the following business for their generous support of this event:
Crane Rental Services Inc.
Skip Fordyce Harley Davidson - Riverside
Lucca Cafe - Irvine
Albertsons - Irvine
Irvine Police Department & Explorers
Riverside Police Department
Jersey Mike's - Irvine
Exhibits like these would not be possible without the generous support of community members. Please consider one of the following:
Honor Walk of Flags
$100 purchases a 3'x5' flag to be displayed with your name or dedication at the park between the memorials. Choose an American flag one from a specific branch of the military (Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard). Flags are then presented to the purchaser at a special closing ceremony on Sunday, July 21. Click here for the flier of information. For questions, please email cortney@visions2victory or call 714-307-7193.
NOTE: Order forms and checks must be mailed by July 10.
Visions2Victory can collect a donation of any amount online through PayPal. Be sure to indicated in the message portion that your donation is to support the memorial walls in Irvine. Click here to link to the donation page.
Donation of Old Flags
If you have an old or worn, stitched, American flag ready for retirement, please allow the VVA and Vision2Victory team care for it properly. The embroidered stars will be removed and presented to those wearing red at the Red Shirt Friday event.
Flags must be received by July 10. Drop off locations:
- Irvine Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine CA 92606
- Lakeview Senior, 20 Lake Road, Irvine CA 92604
- Visions2Victory, 960 N. Main Street, Orange CA 92867
The Walls will be open for public viewing around the clock. Volunteers are needed to assist and educate visitors to the memorials. Shifts are 4-hours in length at all times of the day and night. Volunteers are required to attend one short 1-hour training to become familiar with the role of a volunteer and what to expect.
Volunteer Training Schedule:
- Monday, July 15 - 4 p.m.
- Monday, July 15 - 6 p.m.
Training will be held at the Lakeview Senior Center located in Woodbridge Community Park at 20 Lake Road, Irvine 92604.
To sign up for volunteer shifts, please click here.
Sign up to escort The Wall That Heals as it travels from Riverside to Irvine on Wednesday, July 17. The current record is 632 motorcycles, the goal is 750. The line up starts at 8 a.m., Kick Stands Up at 10:30 a.m. Click here for more information or email email@example.com.
Vietnam Veterans of America Inc., Chapter #1024
Contact: Greg Gilaspy, President
714-348-8023 - email
Contact: Cortney Boswell, West Coast Office Manager
714-307-7193 - email
960 North Main Street, Orange CA 92867
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City of Irvine Media Inquiries:
Craig Reem - City of Irvine
Director of Public Affairs and Communications
949-724-6077 - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wall That Heals Media Inquiries:
Greg Gilaspy - Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #1024
714-348-8023 - email
Wall of Remembrance media Inquiries:
Cortney Boswell - Visions2Victory
West Coast Office Manager
714-307-7193 - email