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Castro Valley Veteransí Memorial dinner and dedication

By Simon Wong

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. -- Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) District 14 Castro Valley Post 9601 will host a Dedication Dinner on November 10, 2012 before dedicating the long-awaited Castro Valley Veteransí Memorial, the next day.

The project, which will have taken just over two years to fund and build following the Hayward Area Recreation and Parks Districtís September 2010 approval of the Memorialís 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 which will be installed on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Community members are welcome to visit.

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.

The Dedication Dinner will last from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. Seating is limited. Tickets are available for $18 per adult and $9 per child (under 12 years) from the Moose Lodge, 20835 Rutledge Road, Castro Valley, by contacting Jim Uhlik (Commander) at (510) 593-6703 or or Pat Flanagan (Sr. Vice Commander) at (510) 459-6177 or

November 11, 2012, Veteransí 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.

For more information about the Memorial Dedication or to reserve a display space, contact Tony Lindsey (Judge Advocate) at (510) 468-9942 or

To learn more about the Castro Valley Veteransí Memorial, visit

Castro Valley Veteransí Memorial
Dedication Dinner
Saturday, November 10
6-10 p.m.
Moose Lodge
20835 Rutledge Road, Castro Valley
(510) 593-6703

Tickets: $18 per adult; $9 per child (under 12 years).

Castro Valley Veteransí Memorial
Memorial Dedication
9 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
Castro Valley Community Center & Park
18988 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley
(510) 468-9942

Free event.

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