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November 6, 2012 > Castro Valley Veterans' Memorial dedication

Castro Valley Veterans' Memorial dedication

By Simon Wong, Photo courtesy of Michael L. Emerson

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) District 14 Castro Valley Post 9601 will dedicate the long-awaited Castro Valley Veterans' Memorial on Sunday, November 11, 2012.

The project, which took just over two years to fund and build following the Hayward Area Recreation and Parks District's (HARD) September 2010 approval of the Memorial's location, honors the memory and service of Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force and Merchant Marine veterans on Service Stones along with the names of civilians, companies, groups and organizations on 1,000 commemorative bricks. Spaces are still available on all six Service Stones ($200 per name) and for commemorative bricks ($100 each). New names will be engraved and added after the Dedication.

Construction began on June 20, 2012 once all the required contractors had been appointed. An American Flag in the center will be encircled by six black granite Service Stones and illuminated by lights within a seat-wall without impacting neighbors. Statues just beyond the periphery of the circle flank the entrance to the site. Visitors will see them clearly as they enter and approach a black granite Entry Stone set on a plinth.

This project has been funded by private donations from individuals and companies. A fund has also been established to ensure the Memorial receives the required care and attention in the future. Further donations are needed to ensure adequate funds are available.

November 11, 2012, Veterans' Day, will see the Memorial Dedication from 9 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. at the Castro Valley Community Center & Park, 18988 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley. There will be a display of military vehicles and memorabilia, vehicles owned by members of the Corvette Club, antique cars and a Huey (Bell UH-1 Iroquois military helicopter). The Dedication will be delivered at 11 a.m. followed by a US Air Force fly-over, five minutes later. Everyone is welcome to attend.

"As the designer, project build manager and a Marine Corps veteran, I sincerely thank all of the generous donors and sponsors that selflessly gave funds, time, labor and material towards our Veterans Memorial, thus, helping us honor and remember our military veterans. Plus a special thank you to HARD for donating the Memorial Park site which was the key factor in this project," said Michael L. Emerson. "It has been my great privilege to have been part of the three-year effort, from inception to completion, to create this Memorial which honors and remembers my fellow veterans; I hope every veteran, their families and those who support veterans attend our Dedication."

For more information about the Memorial Dedication or to reserve a display space, contact Tony Lindsey at (510) 468-9942 or judgeadvocate@vfw9601.org.

To learn more about the Castro Valley Veterans' Memorial, add a veteran's name to a Service Stone, purchase a commemorative brick or contribute to the Memorial's maintenance fund, visit www.CVVM.info.

Castro Valley Veterans' Memorial Dedication
Sunday, Nov 11
9 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
Castro Valley Community Center & Park
18988 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley
(510) 468-9942
judgeadvocate@vfw9601.org

Free event

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