National Vietnam Veterans Day in Simi Valley

Kids Gloves Boxing in Simi Valley hosted a Vietnam Veterans Day celebration on March 29. The boxing club and Veterans Education and Training Services collaborated on the celebration, which featured live music, food, sparring demonstrations and celebrities such as actor Mickey Jones. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers THEY SERVED THEIR COUNTRY - WWII veteran Manny Medeiros, left, and Korean War veteran Sal Ayala share a laugh during the Vietnam Veterans Day celebration at Kid Gloves Boxing in Simi Valley on March 29.

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THEY SERVED THEIR COUNTRY – WWII veteran Manny Medeiros, left, and Korean War veteran Sal Ayala share a laugh during the Vietnam Veterans Day celebration at Kid Gloves Boxing in Simi Valley on March 29.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers PERFORMING FOR THE VETS - Bob Harris, lead singer for the band Group Therapy, smiles as he performs during the Vietnam Veterans Day celebration at Kid Gloves Boxing in Simi Valley on March 29. The boxing club and Veterans Education and Training Services joined together for the celebration that had live music, food, sparring demonstrations and celebrities like Mickey Jones.

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PERFORMING FOR THE VETS – Bob Harris, lead singer for the band Group Therapy, smiles as he performs during the Vietnam Veterans Day celebration at Kid Gloves Boxing in Simi Valley on March 29. The boxing club and Veterans Education and Training Services joined together for the celebration that had live music, food, sparring demonstrations and celebrities like Mickey Jones.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers SOUNDS OF THE 60'S - Matt Ines plays the keyboard with the band Group Therapy during the Vietnam Veterans Day celebration at Kid Gloves Boxing in Simi Valley on March 29. The boxing club and Veterans Education and Training Services joined together for the celebration that had live music, food, sparring demonstrations and celebrities like Mickey Jones.

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SOUNDS OF THE 60’S – Matt Ines plays the keyboard with the band Group Therapy during the Vietnam Veterans Day celebration at Kid Gloves Boxing in Simi Valley on March 29. The boxing club and Veterans Education and Training Services joined together for the celebration that had live music, food, sparring demonstrations and celebrities like Mickey Jones.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers WAR STORIES - Actor, musician and Simi Valley resident Mickey Jones was in attendance to talk about his four-month USO tour in Vietnam during the Vietnam Veterans Day celebration at Kid Gloves Boxing in Simi Valley on March 29. Jones showed off home movies he took while on tour with singer Johnny Rivers and actress Ann-Margret.

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WAR STORIES – Actor, musician and Simi Valley resident Mickey Jones was in attendance to talk about his four-month USO tour in Vietnam during the Vietnam Veterans Day celebration at Kid Gloves Boxing in Simi Valley on March 29. Jones showed off home movies he took while on tour with singer Johnny Rivers and actress Ann-Margret.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers NOTHING LIKE A GOOD BEAT TO DANCE TO - Simi Valley residents Norma and Sal Ayala dance to the music of Group Therapy during the Vietnam Veterans Day celebration at Kid Gloves Boxing in Simi Valley on March 29. The boxing club and Veterans Education and Training Services joined together for the celebration that had live music, food, sparring demonstrations and celebrities like Mickey Jones.

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NOTHING LIKE A GOOD BEAT TO DANCE TO – Simi Valley residents Norma and Sal Ayala dance to the music of Group Therapy during the Vietnam Veterans Day celebration at Kid Gloves Boxing in Simi Valley on March 29. The boxing club and Veterans Education and Training Services joined together for the celebration that had live music, food, sparring demonstrations and celebrities like Mickey Jones.

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