On Oct. 13, California Vietnam Veterans Memorial marks 30 years

lone-soldierJoin us at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, as we mark the 30th anniversary of the dedication of the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Sacramento’s Capitol Park.

Originally dedicated in 1988, the memorial honors the service and sacrifice of California’s Vietnam veterans who were killed or missing in action, or who died from causes related to their service in Vietnam. This year’s ceremony will include the unveiling of three new names being added to the memorial wall:

  • MSgt. William A. Gerg, U.S. Air Force, of North Highlands;
  • Spc. 4 James E. Williams, U.S. Army, of Bakersfield; and
  • CTM2 Gregory K. Zeller, U.S. Navy, of Pasadena.

A memorial ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Capitol Park, 15th Street and Capitol Avenue, Sacramento. Music and viewing of the memorial begins at 10 a.m.

The event is hosted by the California Veterans Benefit Fund, in collaboration with Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 500, CalVet, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honor Committee. It is free and open to the public.

The Vietnam veteran community will also host two related events. A welcome reception will take place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Attendance is free to the first 225 people to RSVP. Following Saturday’s ceremony, there will be a luncheon from 2-4 p.m. Both events will be held VFW Post 67, 2784 Stockton Blvd. in Sacramento.

See CalVet’s calendar for more information about the event and how to request tickets.


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