Stretch of California highway to be renamed after rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Ritchie Valens this month

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesLate rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Ritchie Valens will be honored on August 25 when a stretch of the 5 Freeway that runs through his hometown of Pacoima, California, will be renamed after him.

The Ritchie Valens Memorial Highway will be inaugurated at a ceremony held during a daylong festival held at Ritchie Valens Park in Pacoima. The event, which will run from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. PT, will feature the unveiling of “Ritchie Valens Memorial Highway” signs, a screening of the 1987 Valens biopic La Bamba and musical performances. Among …read more