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March 2, 2012 > Groundbreaking for veterans memorial

Groundbreaking for veterans memorial

Submitted By Michael L. Emerson

The much-anticipated Castro Valley Veterans Memorial will take another step toward becoming reality on Saturday, March 3, 2012 when the project breaks ground at Castro Valley Community Park. Local elected officials, organizers, donors, veterans and members of the public will gather at 1 p.m. to mark this milestone and emphasize the need for additional donations.

The Castro Valley Veterans Memorial is an effort by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #9601 to honor the men and women who have honorably served our nation and defended and continue to defend our freedom and way of life.

"To date, many people from Castro Valley and surrounding communities have contributed to the Memorial because they have not forgotten the sacrifices made by veterans," said Memorial Designer/Project Manager Michael L. Emerson, a Marine Corps veteran who also created and built the Flight 93 Memorial in Union City. "We shall not forget their sacrifices and we shall not lose that connection to our neighbors and family members who have served. This Memorial will be a visually stunning, yet dignified, reminder of the sacrifices veterans have made and why we are free."

Among the invited guests for Saturday's ground breaking are State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, State Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski and Alameda County Sheriff Gregory J. Ahern.

A 17-piece band from the U.S.S. Hornet Museum, bagpiper, singer and designer's Memorial renderings will also be present.

Almost all of the funds required to build the veterans memorial on Lake Chabot Road have been raised but more donations are still needed. Visit for more information and to make a tax deductible donation.

Castro Valley Veterans Memorial Groundbreaking
Saturday, March 3
1 p.m.
Castro Valley Community Park
Lake Chabot Rd & Quail Avenue, Castro Valley

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