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Mount Shasta Herald - Mount Shasta, CA
  • Vietnam memorial replica will be in Yreka this month

  • An 80 percent scaled replica of the wall will be on display at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka March 27-30 in celebration of Vietnam Veterans Day.
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  • Of the more than 58,000 names engraved on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC, 16 are officially recognized Siskiyou County natives.
    An 80 percent scaled replica of the wall will be on display at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka March 27-30 in celebration of Vietnam Veterans Day.
    The tribute is the largest traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall and it will be open for visitation 24 hours a day while it’s here, said Siskiyou County Veterans Services Officer Tim Grenvik, who put in a reservation to bring it to Yreka more than a year ago.
    “This is our way of saying thank you and welcome home, we haven’t forgotten about you,” said Grenvik.
    The replica will arrive in Siskiyou County on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 26. It will stop at the Weed Rest Area, where a convoy will meet at 3 p.m. to transport it to Yreka. All are invited to join in or watch.
    Grenvik recommends the overpass at Grenada, Walters Lane in south Yreka, or the entrance of the fairgrounds as the best vantage points.
    Grenvik said the wall will stretch across the fairgrounds where the carnival rides are usually set up.
    An opening ceremony will be held Thursday, March 27 and the main event to celebrate Vietnam Veterans Day will be held on Saturday, March 29, beginning at 2 p.m.
    The Saturday event will include vendors with merchandise and free lunch and dinner on both Friday and Saturday. Lunch will be served 11 a.. to 2 p.m.; dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. both days.
    A fully-functional flying infantry Huey helicopter will be on display.
    Guest speakers include vietnam Army nurse Marge Wheeler and Ernie Brace, the longest held civilian Prisoner of War during Vietnam.
    All the names of the Siskiyou County residents who were killed in action will be read aloud, Grenvik said.
    Though there are only 16 Siskiyou County natives on the wall that are officially recognized, there are also three other individuals who are connected to Siskiyou in some way, Grenvik said. The military goes by a soldier’s “home of record,” but sometimes, a Siskiyou County native may have moved just before enlisting.
    Grenvik plans to honor them all at the local ceremony.
    A closing ceremony will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m.
    The Traveling Wall Committee had to raise $10,000 to bring the wall here, Grenvik said, and fundraising is still underway.
    The Elks Lodge, at the national level, recently donated $2,000 to the event. It’s also supported by the Siskiyou County Veterans Leadership Council, which includes the Marine Corps League Siskiyou Detachment #936, American Legion post 122, American Legion post 260, American Legion post 92, the Siskiyou County Veterans Commission, Missing in American Project and the Siskiyou County Veterans Service Office.
    Page 2 of 2 - Grenvik is also busy preparing for the sixth annual Armed Forces Day celebration at the fairgrounds on May 17. The event honors military personnel from all branches and this year, there will be a special emphasis on “the home front,” he said.
    Maxine Lopey will be the keynote speaker.
    Breakfast will be served at no cost to veterans, active service members and their families. The event will include a resource fair, appreciation ceremony and entertainment.
    To donate toward Armed Forces Day, call committee member Bob Singleton at (530) 842-2088. Donations of $250 or more will be recognized in the event program.
    For more information or to learn how to donate to the wall’s visit, call the Veterans Services Office at (530) 842-8010.

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