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By MICHAEL T. PIERSON | Imperial High class of 1964, Vietnam veteran, 1965-66 and 1966-67 | April 22, 2011
I presently serve on the board of directors for the General Patton Memorial Museum located on Interstate 10 at Chiriaco Summit, 30 miles East of Indio. The West Coast Vietnam Wall is located at the GPMM. Any Vietnam veteran can have his or her name added to the wall. This wall is for all Vietnam veterans, alive or deceased, and for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country while serving in Vietnam. I want to pay to have the names, rank, branch of service, year(s) served in Vietnam engraved on a large tile to be placed on the West Coast Vietnam Wall as a way of honoring those, like myself and my brother Gary, who attended Imperial High School, then served in Vietnam.
By Roman Flores | IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | November 12, 2010
IMPERIAL — As the smoke cleared from the 11 cannons fired at Pioneers Memorial Museum, many veterans reminisced about their years of service and fallen comrades in arms. A mix of veterans, law enforcement and civilians gathered to honor the military during the Sunset Retreat Ceremony for Veterans’ Day here Thursday. “This is what it’s all about, veterans honoring veterans,” said event coordinator Joaquin Reclosado Jr., a retired U.S. Marine and veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars.
By David Steffen | IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | November 12, 2010
BRAWLEY — Crowds gathered at Plaza Park here on Veterans Day to see the park’s new centerpiece — the granite Brawley Veterans Memorial Wall of Honor — and to thank local veterans.   “It’s hard to express after seeing some names that I knew and hung out with,” said Army and Korean War veteran Melchor O’Campo, whose name is also etched into the wall. “It’s an honor. We came all the way from Sacramento to be here.” The wall is composed of five black granite pillars with the names of some 700 Brawley veterans from all military branches.
BY ESPERANZA ZENDEJAS | Salinas Resident | November 11, 2010
Luis Zendejas, a longtime resident of Calipatria is my hero 365 days a year. I want to take this opportunity to publicly honor and thank my brother, Luis, for his service to our country as a Vietnam veteran and for his continued contributions as a proud father, grandfather and resident of Calipatria. When we first came to the Imperial Valley in 1960, my father and mother wanted their children to engage themselves in our new culture and new country. My father instilled in all of us unconditional love for our family and new country.
November 11, 2010
The Korean War Veteran Association Post 165 invites the community to its Veteran's Day tribute and cannon call at the Imperial County Historical Society Museum at 373 Aten Rd., in Imperial. First call begins at 6:30 p.m. 
Thursday is Veterans Day, still a day of work for many around this county and country, but a holiday that should not be taken lightly nonetheless. We wanted to comment on this a full day early so that Valley residents will have the opportunity to attend any of the local events honoring veterans, including the dedication of the new veterans memorial wall in Brawley, which is the culmination of the efforts of many caring individuals from throughout the Northend.    More important than events and memorials, though, we think it important that community members, especially our young ones, get an opportunity to say thank you to a veteran they may know, or even live with.
Tickets for the annual Bell Game tickets are on sale at both Brawley and Central Union highs. The game is at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Warne Field in Brawley. Tickets begin at $6 for general admission and high school and junior high students, $4 for elementary students and senior citizens, and children under age 5 are free. The Brawley side reserved section is sold out. Only cash will be accepted. Tickets may be purchased at both the Brawley and Central main offices Monday through Friday.
By ROMAN FLORES, Staff Writer | May 18, 2010
BRAWLEY — With flags flying high, tokens of veteran support and signatures from all over the country, Marine Corps veteran Richard Hunsucker has a bit more desert and a few more mountains to cross on his way to Balboa Park in San Diego. Hunsucker and his team of support members are rounding out their 202-day, 2,650-mile journey from the Duval City War Memorial in Jacksonville, Fla., to the War Memorial at the San Diego park. Hunsucker and crew left Florida on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 and was in Brawley on Monday, en route to San Diego, where he hopes to arrive by Memorial Day, May 31. The walk is an effort to raise awareness of the needs of disabled veterans as well as raise funds for the Disabled American Veterans organization.
By ROBERT EATON, Central Point, Ore | November 15, 2009
Being a Nam veteran and working with OEF/OIF vets and mentoring in their PTSD groups I can assure you that a lot of these young men and women are being affected by this especially with Veterans Day upon us. Us Nam vets had to be wary of being spit upon, while our vets today have to be wary of being gunned down, on an Army base by one of their own no less. This was a terrorist attack on American soldiers by an extremist Muslim madman. Just cause he?s American doesn?t give him a pass.
By BROOKE RUTH, Digital Media News Editor | November 12, 2009
BRAWLEY ? After a year of planning the groundbreaking for the Brawley Veterans Memorial Wall of Honor occurred Wednesday ? Veterans Day. ?Even though this is the beginning of the building of this monument the beginning actually began many, many years ago when men and women of the United States, as well of individuals of Brawley and this region said yes to the calling of protecting and serving our nation and enlisting in the armed forces,?...
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