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City set to design new veterans memorial

Original post made on May 24, 2013

With Memorial Day just around the corner, the City Council has decided that the two plaques in Mountain View dedicated to war veterans just aren't enough.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 24, 2013, 4:00 PM

Comments (15)

Posted by Garrett, a resident of another community
on May 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm

The memorial should be simple not grand. Remember this should have the names of those who served, U.S. flown 24 hours along with state flag. A vast to memorial is important for poppies, flowers and a reef. Water feature will be nice but remember to include the following words.

Lest We Forget.

Posted by Garrett, a resident of another community
on May 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Where and with whom do I see for purchasing a brick. How about benches.

Posted by Garrety, a resident of another community
on May 24, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Oops. That should say a base to the memorial.

Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on May 25, 2013 at 11:58 am

At least 250,000 veterans are homeless. How about a statue of a homeless veteran begging for spare change? That would at least be honest, and it might act as a deterrent to young people considering military service on behalf of our corporate overlords.

Posted by Issis, a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm

A vet kills him or herself almost every hour, or at the rate of 22 a day. One currently serving military member kills themselves once a day on average.

We definitely need a memorial for all their issues that have been ignored.

Posted by Christopher Chiang, a resident of North Whisman
on May 25, 2013 at 8:10 pm

I am always moved when I visit Cupertino's veterans memorial off Stevens Creek Blvd. The names of the resident that surround the beautiful statue of Matthew Axelson and James Suh is the most majestic tribute.

Link to Cupertino's memorial:
Web Link

Cupertino Population: 59,000
Mountain View Population: 74,000
I would be so proud if Mountain View did the same to honor our city's heroes.

Posted by Observer, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 26, 2013 at 8:26 am

Good luck getting anything like Sunnyvale's, Christopher. People in Mountain View would be up in arms over any sculpture depicting an assault weapon.

Posted by Observer, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 26, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Correction: Cupertino's

Posted by Otto Maddox, a resident of Monta Loma
on May 27, 2013 at 7:25 am

Eh.. I think the plaques we have right now are just fine.

Let's be honest, how many people are really going to see these memorials? I can say I've seen both and have taken my children to see both. But only a few times. I would safely bet I'm in the minority in this city who can say that.

I attend the memorial day celebrations in Colma every year. The crowd there is not very big considering the number of people who live in the Bay Area.

Most people treat Memorial Day as just another day off. And that's fine. I just don't see the need for anything more than we have today.

Posted by George, a resident of Rex Manor
on May 28, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Check out the Cupertino Memorial... truly a masterpiece....but the lefties of MtnView wouldn't want anything that nice and classy.

I'm sure that we have some families inMtn View that have lost a son/daughter in Iraq or Afstupidgan.. they should be consulted.

Serious, go see Cupertino's Memorial. Take a tissue with you.

(86 to Stevens Creek, left on S.Crk about 3 blocks.).. easy ride with great resulting viewl..


Posted by George, a resident of Rex Manor
on May 28, 2013 at 2:40 pm

OOPS... Take 86, NOT 86, south out of MtnView.


Posted by George, a resident of Rex Manor
on May 28, 2013 at 2:41 pm

DAMN.... TAKE HIWAY 85 from MtnView... Jeeze, what's with my saying ""86 ?

Posted by CanWeTalk?, a resident of Rex Manor
on May 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm

All of the above is a perfect example of why we can't get the simplest thing done in Mountain View, California, or the U.S. It also explains why any well-intentioned public servant will give up after a few years.

Posted by Brad Ostman, a resident of Monta Loma
on May 28, 2013 at 4:42 pm

I don't think you can make a memorial too big for what we owe our veterans. I applaud the Cupertino memorial and would be darn proud of Mountain View if they followed with something similar.

Posted by Doug Pearson, a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 28, 2013 at 6:20 pm

I'd be happy to see a memorial that would honor all our war dead by name.

Whether is should be as grand as Cupertino's (a fine memorial) or as plain as an updated listing of names is not a great concern to me. My suggestion for location is the plaza between City Hall and the CPA but other locations would also work. Perhaps even the existing multiple locations is a good idea.

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