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December 2, 2009 > Veteran honored

Veteran honored

By Shavon Walker
Photos By Courtesy of Roz Lloyd

Union City's City Council honored Roger De La Cruz Narciso, President and Commander of the League of Filipino-American Veterans, for his hard work, persistence and success in establishing the Veterans Memorial Park on the corner of Regents and Dyer Streets in Union City.

"...if it weren't for the majority votes cast by the members of this council when the petition was originally presented, the vision of a veteran's memorial park in Union City would have been shattered," said Narciso, as he thanked the council for its support.. "Mr. Manny Fernandez... encouraged me to follow my ideas and personally declared his support... and for creating the reflective sketches of the proposed veterans' memorial park that captured and showed all the features of what a veterans' park should symbolize ...Mr. Richard Valle, [who] also [offered] words of encouragement, and for all the logistics support he and his staff rendered during the dedication ceremony that took place last July 4, and again during the rededication ceremony at the park in early September of this year."

Mr. Narciso came to the United States in 1957 and served honorably in the United States Air Force. Upon discharge, he undertook civil service duty with the US Navy Public Works Center at the Alameda Air Base. He is also a volunteer at Saint Anne's Catholic Church and manages the "Pirates" American Little League team. In 1983, he founded council 8627 of the Knights of Columbus.

"This resolution means a great deal because it's something that honors our vets. It helps recognize the people who put themselves in harm's way. This means a lot to all of us," reflected Narciso.

"The monument was dedicated July 4 of this year. Three days later, it was vandalized. The Missing In Action, California, Maritime and the United States flags were stolen but we managed to replace them. The memorial was re-dedicated on Labor Day.

"We need around $100,000 more to complete the entire project," he said. "We'll probably have to go to the Veteran's Administration, the state, the county and the city government and, if that's not enough, private businesses. Donors will be recognized on an engraved plaque displayed at the memorial," he concluded.

To learn more or to donate funds for the memorial, contact Councilman Richard Valle at richardv@unioncity.org or contact the League of Filipino-American Veterans at (510) 498-2057.

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