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New veterans memorial approved

A new memorial for war veterans and those who serve in the military was approved unanimously by the City Council on Tuesday, adding significantly to a little-known memorial at Eagle Park.

A new pedestal, plaques and benches will go around the flag pole at the park, near the playground and pool entrance, along with a plaque for each sector of the U.S. military on the existing arches around the flag pole. Up to $10,000 in funds towards the $70,000 project will be raised through an American Legion "buy a brick" program.

Among the supporters for the memorial Tuesday was the local American Legion chapter and Karen Meredith, whose son Ken Ballard was killed as an Army lieutenant in Iraq in 2004. The downtown Mountain View post office is named after him.

"I don't want Mountain View to forget our roots as a military community," Meredith said. "I think this is an important part of the process of honoring those who served and those who continue to serve."

Comments

Posted by Weird Mountain View, a resident of Castro City
on Feb 3, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Public art and public recognition of history is always a good idea. Especially relating to those who protect and serve our country.


Posted by Dee, a resident of North Whisman
on Feb 3, 2014 at 3:25 pm

How do we contact the American Legion "buy a brick" program?


Posted by Probably74, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 3, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Yes, I'd like to donate a brick, too!


Posted by Vet, a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Feb 3, 2014 at 4:40 pm

The City Council meeting was less controversial than the Parks Commission meeting where it was a 3-2 vote.


Posted by Army Vet, a resident of Castro City
on Feb 4, 2014 at 7:18 am

I'd like to donate too. But first I'd like to know why it will cost $70,000 for a new pedestal, plaques and benches. I don't want my donation to go in the pockets of the bloated city bureaucracy and greedy contractors--I saw enough of that going in on Iraq with American taxpayer dollars.


Posted by Garrett, a resident of another community
on Feb 4, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Same here, I want to donate a brick.


Posted by Garrett, a resident of another community
on Feb 4, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Just noticed something on the arches, that might be why the price is high, round plagues that I think mention Army, Navy, Air Force, well you get the idea. Just wanted to point that out.


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