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on May 24, 2013
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.
Where and with whom do I see for purchasing a brick. How about benches.
Oops. That should say a base to the memorial.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Good luck getting anything like Sunnyvale's, Christopher. People in Mountain View would be up in arms over any sculpture depicting an assault weapon.
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.
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..
OOPS... Take 86, NOT 86, south out of MtnView.
DAMN.... TAKE HIWAY 85 from MtnView... Jeeze, what's with my saying ""86 ?
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.
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.
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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