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COUNTYWIDE : Guards Sought for Vietnam Memorial

September 30, 1993|MIMI KO

Volunteers are being sought to guard the Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, which will be on display the first week of November at Memory Garden Memorial Park and Mortuary in Brea.

Hundreds of visitors are expected to view the 252-foot wall, which contains 58,175 names of members of the U.S. armed forces who died while serving in Vietnam. The display may be viewed 24 hours a day from Nov. 1 to 7. Volunteers are needed to provide security and help people find names, officials said.

The Moving Wall was created in 1983 by Vietnam veteran John Devitt of San Jose, who had been to Washington and seen the full-size Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

He made a smaller version of the wall so that people who cannot go to Washington may see a replica on its tour of the country.

"This is the first time the wall will be in Brea," said Jon Wines, general manager of Memory Garden Memorial Park and Mortuary. "We wanted to provide a location for our community to have the opportunity to see the wall and show support for Vietnam veterans."

The mortuary is 455 W. Central Ave.

Volunteers are asked to call (714) 529-3961.

The replica wall will move to Knott's Berry Farm the second week of November.

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