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."