EL CENTRO - The city of El Centro announced it was selected as the host city to display the Mobile Vietnam Memorial Wall at Bucklin Park. The AV Wall, also known as the Mobile Vietnam Memorial Wall, is a half-scale size tribute monument of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC.
El Centro and Imperial Valley College were the two sites considered for the display of the Mobile Vietnam Memorial Wall. Council member Jason Jackson was instrumental in encouraging the site selection committee to consider El Centro, officials said.
“I am really excited about this project,” Jackson said. “It means a lot to me to have the AV Wall here in El Centro. Our community can come out to Bucklin Park and be able to see it and perhaps find a name of their loved one that fought and died in Vietnam.”
“I may have put the time into the project," Jackson added, "but if it were not for the City of El Centro staff we could not have won this. It took many hours of planning and preparation to show that Bucklin Park in El Centro is the perfect place for this memorial.”
“In all the years they have done site visits," said Thomas W. Henderson, Adjutant, VFW Post 9305, "only one presided by the Commanding General of Mira Mar exceeded the efforts of the City of El Centro and Imperial Valley College.”
The AV Wall is expected to be in El Centro in March 26 through 30, 2020. For more information about the AV Wall, readers can visit https://avwall.org for more information.