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Letter to the

Letter to the Editor:

“Conflict mars care for la Mesa’s Heartland Youth for Decency Vietnam Memorial site”


The inaccurate information stated by Jack Porath attacking my character is completely unfounded and far more than what my time allows to address. My character and true intentions are known by anyone who knows me.  I would like to say the following:

The issue of names of the memorial plaques, our webpage reflects the criteria for names to be placed. It is not solely from the La Mesa area but from other cities as well. The name Porath keeps speaking of was not from one of those cities at the time of his death and we did an extensive background check. God Bless him that he gave the ultimate sacrifice and he is acknowledged at Balboa Park, Washington and Sacramento as many are as well from the San Diego area. Porath is aware of this.

Never was there a demand from me for $5,000.00 for the handicap ramp. I said the American Legion should be responsible for half of what we thought would be more than $9,200.00. However, since then we now know the cost is far less and will not require two ramps, we will proceed with raising more donations as we have been and will not need the input of money from the Legion and we look forward to having a handicap ramp completed.

As a relative said on the rededication day it was a disgrace to every name on the plaques what the condition of the memorial had become previously. The memorial needs to be respected now and always as the original purpose and direction was intended upon its completion in 1970. As important is that this is a public park to be respected, shared and enjoyed by all and not to be looked at as a possession.

This is a memorial park as the Heartland Youth for Decency Memorial Park sign in front reflects and our webpage, location info as well.

Rock is not an alternative to the original intention or deed restrictions as stated on the original deed as follows:

a.  The land shall be maintained as a war memorial in perpetuity

b.  The grantee shall be responsible for the cost of any and all utilities that may serve the property.

All public parks are still being maintained and the grass needs to stay.

Using only three units of water every two months of a nine-unit allowance is as minimal as can be. Jack Porath needs to leave the memorial grounds alone and one of the offers to pay the water should be implemented since the American Legion has such an issue with it.

We from HYFD, family members and friends are not going anywhere on these issues and will always be overlooking the La Mesa Heartland Youth for Decency Vietnam War Memorial Park.


Oresta Zalopany Johnson

La Mesa

Heartland Youth for Decency 

My father is on that

My father is on that memorial. I thank HYFD and the VVA for their efforts to restore it. It looks beautiful, as it should, and as it did all the years of my childhood. The memorial is meant to be a tribute to our local heroes, and I think when the City deeded it over to the VFW it was thought that a veterans group would care for it and watch over it. That didn't happen, and thankfully HYFD and VVA stepped in and restored it.

To me, the core issue is that this memorial is to honor our loved ones who died in the service of this country. It just sickens me that the core issue has gotten hijacked by money.

Let the honored dead keep their grass, for Pete's sake.

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Beautiful I mean.

Beautiful I mean.

How sad. The memorial is

How sad. The memorial is beatiful and speaks of a time gone by. I hope it never changes.

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