News ReleaseCity of Irvine
Public Information Office

1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606
949-724-6077

7/17/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #13-07-17
Subject :

Irvine “Welcome and Gratitude” Ceremony to Honor Fallen
Ceremony brings together 45 years of American history
Contact :Public Information Office    949-724-6077
    pio@cityofirvine.org

IRVINE, CA (July 17, 2013):  An estimated 600 motorcyclists today escorted The Wall That Heals, a half-scale traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, into the City of Irvine to begin five days of public observance along with the Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance. Both memorials will remain open for public viewing 24 hours a day at Woodbridge Community Park July 18-21. 

The City of Irvine will host a special Welcome and Gratitude Ceremony on Saturday, July 20 at 10 a.m. Moderated by Mayor Steven S. Choi, Ph.D., the ceremony will bring together more than 45 years of American history, including military, first responders and civilians as reflected on the two memorial walls. The public is invited.

Several other events will also take place while the walls are on display:

Thursday, July 18 at 10 a.m. - Opening Day Ceremony

Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m. - Bridging the Gap
(A ceremony honoring both U.S. and South Vietnamese Veterans)

Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m. - POW/MIA Tribute and Candle Lighting Ceremony
(Attendees are encouraged to wear a RED shirt to “Remember Every Deployed”)

Saturday, July 20 at 10 a.m. - Welcome and Gratitude Ceremony
(Ceremony brings together 45 years of American history, including military, first responders and civilians as reflected on the two memorial walls)

Sunday, July 21 at 6 p.m. - Closing and Honor Walk of Flags Ceremony

The Wall That Heals is the only traveling replica that is directly affiliated with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Wall 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.

The Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance memorializes the two million veterans and civilians involved in the Global War on Terror.

For more information, call 949-724-6606. For daily event listings and photos, visit
cityofirvine.org/memorialwalls.



Since its incorporation in 1971, Irvine has become a nationally recognized city, with a population of 242,651, spans 66 square miles and is recognized as one of America’s safest and most successful master-planned urban communities. Top-rated educational institutions, an enterprising business atmosphere, sound environmental stewardship, and respect for diversity all contribute to Irvine’s enviable quality of life. This family-friendly city features more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space and is the home of the Orange County Great Park – the first great metropolitan park of the 21st century.  For more information, please visit cityofirvine.org.

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