Love where you live!
LA MESA -- Nearly 45 years after they first gathered along Spring Street in La Mesa, some of the original builders of this city's Vietnam Memorial were back in town and working to polish the site.
Denise Evers Rhoads, who now lives in Tuscon, joined her grandchildren and Mayor Art Madrid to run a new flag up the newly installed, 35-foot flag pole, which is part of this project now underway.
Rhodes is the daughter of the La Mesa couple who led the effort at the height of the Vietnam War to enshrine the community's sacrifice in that effort.
In many ways, the effort has never ended.
Rhoads said her mother, who at 93 is still with us, and others involved in the original effort have returned to town over the years to renovate the memorial.
This year's effort included adding new names to the memorial, names that surfaced after the original bronze plaques were installed by the Heartland Youth For Decency, which was the name of the group that originally had 2,000 attend the 1969 dedication of this shrine.
"We did the research for the original list from the newspaper clippings,'' Rhoads said. "Over the years, we heard about more.''
The original listings were also cleaned and are shining once again the sun. The landscaping is being revived and a new MIA element is being added to the installation.
The entire effort is scheduled to be done for a formal re-dedication of the site on June 14. Much of the labor and materials for this renovation is being donated or discounted. Contributions can still be made to the effort. Information can be found clicking here.