One of America’s most iconic replica memorial tributes to Veterans will be traveling to Santa Clarita in late September. The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall will be coming to the Westfield Valencia Town Center from September 26 – 29. In anticipation of its arrival, Santa Clarita is preparing with an essay contest for 4th – 6th graders and volunteer opportunities for residents of all ages.Photo provided by AVTT Facebook page.
Youth Essay Contest
The City of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County invite 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students to participate in a special essay contest in which they must answer the question “Why was the Vietnam war important to America”?
The essay must be 500-700 words, typed, double spaced and one sided on 8 ½ x 11 paper. All submissions will become property of the Friendly Valley Veterans Club and will not be returned to the author.
Essays must be submitted by p.m. on Tuesday, September 2, to one of three Santa Clarita Public Library branches (Valencia, Old Town Newhall, Canyon Country) or one of three Los Angeles County Public Library branches (Castaic, Stevenson Ranch, Acton/Agua Dulce). The top three contest winners will receive scholarship prize money, including $1,000, $750, and $500 respectively and all winners will be notified by mid-September.Photo provided by AVTT Facebook page.
The AVTT Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall is the largest traveling replica of the actual Vietnam Memorial Wall and during its time in Santa Clarita, residents will be able to visit 24 hours a day. Volunteers are needed throughout the four days the tribute will be in the City to provide information to the public, assist with grounds maintenance, help with setup and tear down, dog sitting, and to support veterans who may need assistance during their visit. More than 80 volunteer opportunities are available and interested residents should visit Santa-Clarita.com for additional details, times, and to submit their request to assist.
For more information on the youth essay contest, please contact Gail Ortiz at (661) 255-4939 and for additional details about volunteer opportunities contact Susana Coronel at (661) 250-3726.