Ritchie Valens post office dedicated to the rock ‘n’ roll legend in Paquema – Daily News

Richie Valens will always hold a special place in the heart of Paquema’s residents. Now, the “La Bamba” kid turned rock ‘n’ roll legend, has his own post office.

The United States Postal Service and Representative Tony Cardenas, de-van Nuys, held a ceremony to rename the Paquima Post Office the Ritchie Valens Post Office, Friday, May 13.

Dedication to 13507 Van Nuys Blvd. It included a panel that was unveiled and installed in the post office’s foyer.

The party was held to mark the 81st birthday of the rock ‘n’ roll singer and songwriter.

Ritchie Valens, sometimes called the father of the Chicano rock movement, died at the age of 17 on February 3, 1959, in a plane crash in Iowa. He was born on May 13, 1941 in Paquema and attended Paquema Junior High School and San Fernando High School.

Valens was discovered in 1958 at the American Legion Hall in Pacoima. His hit songs include “Come On, Let’s Go”, “Donna” and his rock-and-roll version of the classic Mexican folk song “La Bamba”.

Singer Ricky Martin inducted him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 at a party in Cleveland, Ohio.

Also at the opening ceremony, Los Angeles City Councilman Monica Rodriguez showed a preliminary view of the mural that is to be painted on the side of the Post Office.

This tribute joins a list of other Pacoima area memories that include the Ritchie Valens Memorial Highway on Interstate 5 between Interstates 170 and 118, the Ritchie Valens Recreation Center and the many murals in the community that depict his portrait.

Celebrities in attendance included members of the Valens family, former bandmates of the musician, Al Santos, District Director of Postal Services, State Senator Robert Hertzberg, and Assemblyman Luz Rivas.

Representative Cardenas introduced legislation to rename the building for the singer-songwriter. President Donald Trump signed the legislation into law (HR 1253) on December 12, 2019 to rename the Post Office.

Marilyn Monroe Post Office, 6531 Van Nuys Blvd. , Van Nuys, was also created by the signature of the President on the same date.

For a list of post offices honoring individuals in the United States, https://about.usps.com/who/profile/history/pdf/dedicated-facilities.pdf

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