Escondido Public Library Celebrates Veterans Day

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host two events to celebrate and honor Veterans Day this November. The first event is Defeating Stress, an iRest Yoga Nidra meditation workshop on Saturday November 5, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Mathes Center. The second program is USS Midway and the Fall of Saigon, presented by USS Midway Museum Speaker’s Bureau docent, Joe Ciokon, on Monday November 7, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

Defeating Stress is a Veterans Day-themed meditation workshop presented by Melissa Wise, Certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher. This class is designed for anyone suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or for anyone feeling overwhelmed and seeking relaxation techniques. The class is open to anyone that wishes to heal unresolved issues, traumas, and wounds in the body and mind. To attend Defeating Stress, register at since space is limited. To learn more about iRest Yoga Nidra, visit and find materials on a number of meditation techniques in the Library catalog at

Attend the lecture USS Midway and the Fall of Saigon and discover the crucial role played by the USS Midway during “Operation Frequent Wind” in 1975. As the People’s Army of Vietnam surrounded Saigon, thousands of South Vietnamese fled for their lives to the safety of the United States fleet just off-shore. The USS Midway received more than 3,000 refugees, many of them one step ahead of certain death, or long terms in re-education camps under the Liberation Armies. This is a story of fear, hope, and sanctuary for those South Vietnamese fortunate enough to escape Saigon during the final days of the Vietnam War.

The USS Midway aircraft carrier of the United States Navy was commissioned one week after the end of World War II and was the largest ship in the world until 1955. It operated for 47 years and is retired today as a museum and memorial ship in San Diego. USS Midway and the Fall of Saigon is an important story, among the many missions in this ship’s proud history.

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on these and other Library events, visit the Library’s website at or call Adult Services Librarian, Oscar Lujan at 760-839-4214 or at City of Escondido Mathes Center is located at 247. S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.