JC Oberst: Two Exhibits Honoring Veterans Come to Ventura County This Month

The Ventura County Government Center in Ventura will be the site of two traveling veteran memorials this month.

The first is “The Moving Wall.” The Vietnam Veterans of Ventura County will host this half-size replica of the Washington, D.C., version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

The Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The West Wall looking east. Source: The Moving Wall official website.

This will be the seventh time in the past 33 years for “The Moving Wall” to be on display in Ventura County. It will be on the Ventura County Government Center lawn from June 21-25. Its return commemorates the 58,479 veterans who died in Vietnam.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and “The Moving Wall” stand as symbols of America’s honor and recognition of the men and women who served and sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War.

Inscribed on the black granite walls are the names of more than 58,000 men and women who gave their lives or remain missing. The memorial honors the courage, sacrifice and devotion to duty and country of all who served during one of the most divisive wars in United States history.

The veterans’ names are engraved in chronological order based on the date of casualty, starting and ending in the center of the memorial.

“The Moving Wall” has been touring the country for more than 30 years. When John Devitt attended the Vietnam Wall’s 1982 dedication in Washington, D.C., he felt the positive power of “The Wall.” He vowed to share that experience with those who did not have the opportunity to go to Washington.

Vietnam veteran volunteers built “The Moving Wall.” Two structures of it now travel the country, spending about a week at each site.

A visit to the wall that heals can be an emotional experience for some visitors. Please be respectful of others when you visit.

A free “Moving Wall” ceremony will be held June 23 at the Veterans Memorial at Telephone Road and Victoria Avenue.

The Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Remembering Our Fallen is a photographic war memorial of service members since 9/11 who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Source: Patriotic Productions official website

The second memorial coming to Ventura County is the “Remembering Our Fallen” pictorial. It is a photo display honoring the 737 members of the military from California who have died in the War on Terror since Sept. 11, 2001. The memorial will be at the Ventura County Government Center’s Hall of Administration Lower Plaza Assembly Room from June 19-25. It is hosted by the California Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Gen. George S. Patton Jr. Chapter. Admission is free.

Patriotic Productions, a nonprofit organization based in Omaha, Nebraska, designed the memorials to travel. It includes both military and personal photos. Its legacy is that these men and women will be remembered and their names will be spoken while helping to lessen the grief of their families. An opening ceremony will be held June 19.

REAL ID

REAL ID; The Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans MemorialIn other news, California Department of Motor Vehicles offices started issuing the REAL ID card in January. The card looks almost identical to your current California driver’s license but has a new seal that verifies your identity in accordance with the REAL ID Act passed by Congress after the 9/11 attacks. The REAL ID card is not mandatory but will be required for domestic air travel beginning Oct. 1, 2020, or you will need to show your passport. I recommend before you renew your driver’s license, you determine whether you want a REAL ID card and make sure you take the additional required documents to the DMV. For more information about the program, visit https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/realid.

Events

June 4-7: 76th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. The Battle of Midway represented a turning point for American naval forces during World War II. The battle, fought near the Central Pacific island of Midway, is considered the decisive battle of the war in the Pacific.

June 6: 10 a.m., Battle of Midway wreath-laying ceremony, Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu Headquarters Building. The base will recognize local veterans at the ceremony. A special meal will be served. This event is open to all with base access. Contact public affairs for information at 805-989-9234.

June 6: 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., community feedback listening session, Ventura College, Applied Science Center, Room ASC-150, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. The Department of Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System will host a listening session for community input regarding a new VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in the Oxnard/Ventura area. Three listening sessions are scheduled. Two will be held at Ventura College and one at National University. The information provided will be the same for all sessions. Parking is free. For more information, call Erik at 310-268-3164.

June 7: 5 p.m., community feedback listening session, National University, 1000 Town Center Drive, Suite 125, Oxnard. Parking is free. For more information, call Erik at 310-268-3164.

June 14: U.S. Army’s 243rd birthday. “We recognize and honor the millions of soldiers who have served, deployed, and sacrificed in support of our Nation. Soldiers of the U.S. Army have served heroically at home and across the globe in war and peace to support our allies, defeat oppressors, and defend liberty.” … abbreviated text from the ArmyMWR.com website.

June 14: Flag Day. On Aug. 3, 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed an act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day. Show your patriotism and fly your flag.

June 14: 9:30 a.m., Ventura County Veteran Collaborative meeting, National University, 1000 Town Center Drive, Suite 502, Oxnard. Operated by the Ventura County Veteran Service Office, the Veteran Collaborative of Ventura County helps coordinate and access services for veterans, military personnel and their families. Speakers will be Mike McManus from the Ventura County VSO and Jannette Jauregui from the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging. Networking will begin at 9 a.m. For more information, call McManus at 805-477-5480.

June 19-25: “Remembering Our Fallen” memorial, Ventura County Government Center Hall of Administration, Lower Plaza Assembly Room, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. Admission is free.

June 19: 12:05 p.m, opening ceremony for “Remembering Our Fallen,” Ventura County Government Center Hall of Administration, Lower Plaza Assembly Room, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. Admission is free. Contact Hal for more information at 805-520-3888.

June 21-25: Vietnam War “Moving Wall,” Ventura County Government Center, corner of Victoria Avenue and Telephone Road. Admission is free. Contact Joe for more information at 805-659-2387.

June 23: 11 a.m., “Moving Wall” ceremony, Ventura County Veterans Memorial, 800 S. Victoria Ave, Ventura. For more information, email Joe Richardson at cpljosephpr@gmail.com.

July 27-29: 8 a.m., Ventura County Stand Down, California National Guard Armory, 1270 Arundell, Ventura. The event will provide medical, dental, optometry, social services, new clothing, haircuts, showers, employment assistance, VA benefits, legal counsel, hot meals and more to veterans and active-duty service members. Gates open at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Attendance is free. No pets allowed. Call 805-630-2431 or visit vcstanddown.org for more information.

July 31: Deadline for Veterans Promise Ventura College applications. The William and Helen Scarpino Veterans Promise Program provides the enrollment fees for Ventura College active-duty service members and U.S. veterans. Eligibility requirements are you must be a first-year Ventura College student, honorably discharged (if a veteran) and not currently using the GI Bill. Once accepted into the program for Ventura College for fall 2018 or spring 2019, your enrollment fee, student center fee, student health fee and student rep fee will be covered. For more information on how to enroll, contact Jaimee Hanna at jhanna@vcccd.eddu or call 805-289-6161.

If you would like to learn about veteran services or need assistance navigating services, contact JC Oberst at 805-482-6550 or jc.oberst@gcvf.org.  Check out free items for veterans in need at gcvf.org.

Source: VC Star article from June 3, 2018