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Castro Valley Veterans Memorial breaks ground
By Michael L. Emerson
CASTRO VALLEY, Calif.
-- History was made on Saturday, March 3, 2012 as a dedicated band of volunteers and local dignitaries joined more than 200 members of the public to break ground on a permanent tribute to the sacrifices of military men and women: the Castro Valley Veterans Memorial. The Memorial, now fully permitted, is closer than ever to completion.
The Memorial will soon occupy a prominent corner of Castro Valley Community Park at Lake Chabot Road and Quail Avenue. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9601 has been the driving force to realize the vision, all in the name of commemorating those who have honorably served our nation and defended and continue to defend our freedom and way of life.
“I see this memorial as a salute to the military veterans of Castro Valley and Alameda County who have given so much to defend and protect this great nation, the United States of America,” said Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley.
Supervisor Miley donated funds for part of the memorial that will signify the contribution of women, a “Rosie the Riveter” bench. His is one of the many generous contributions, including a $50,000 donation from the family of U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Travis M. Amsbaugh. Sgt. Amsbaugh was a Castro Valley native who passed away on September 1, 2011.
Joining Supervisor Miley at the ground-breaking ceremony were State Senator Ellen M. Corbett, State Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, Hayward City Council Member Bill Quirk, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District Director Dennis Waespi and East Bay Municipal Utility District Director Frank Mellon.
The Castro Valley Veterans Memorial Committee acknowledges all of the major donors on its website at www.cvvm.info/sponsors. Committee members are Michael L. Emerson, Patrick Flanagan, BART Board President John McPartland, Bob Pirone, Jim Uhlik, Art Benin and Mary Greenlee.
Although the committee has been successful in raising almost all of the required funds, more donations are still needed. Visit www.cvvm.info for more information and to make a tax-deductible donation.