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Breaking Ground and Honoring Vets

Memorial designer says he can "see light at the end of the tunnel."

The building of Castro Valley's Veterans Memorial is officially under way.

More than 100 people turned out for Saturday's groundbreaking event at the site of the memorial at on Lake Chabot Road. 

The event drew dignitaries such as State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, State Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, Hayward City Councilmember Bill Quirk and EBMUD Director Frank Mellon. 

Event organizers could not have asked for better weather and Corbett used that fact to prove a point. "Mother Nature obviously loves veterans" Corbett pointed out during her remarks.

Mellon also shared his feelings of appreciation for our armed forces.

"I wasn't going to miss this event" Mellon said. "These are wonderful people and we're losing them left and right."

After having his named mistakenly mentioned twice as the donor for the "Rosie the Riveter" bench, Miley pledged to up his donation by an additional $2,000. 

"I don't have any speech, I didn't come with a certificate" Miley said. "I just bring the money."

After dignitaries had a chance to speak, the official groundbreaking took place. The groundbreaking was followed by a benediction from Alameda County Sheriff's Chaplain Paul Sanftner.

A "three-volley salute" was performed using rifles and finally "Echo Taps" was performed by three Boy Scouts.

While the memorial is nearly funded in full, . Project designer and building manager Mike Emerson encouraged people to visit www.cvvm.info to learn how to go about making donations.

Keith Barros March 05, 2012 at 04:04 PM
THANK YOU VETERANS! This was a wonderful event to celebrate the start of a wonderful memorial to honor our beloved veterans who put it themselves in harms way or payed the ultimate price so we could live in freedom. I encourage everyone to get your beloved veteran's name on one of the service plaques, buy a brick, or just donate what you can to the building of this memorial. And to those who don't have a beloved veteran in the family, the veterans loved you and the rest of us enough to put it all on the line. Think about that when you are waiting in line to order yourself a latte. Donate something to this memorial!
Michael L. Emerson March 06, 2012 at 07:39 AM
Thank you for this very nice article, well done and thank you for attending the ceremony. Just two things: 1. The total number of people who attended was 237. 2. Supervisor Nate Miley DID donate $1,000 last year FOR the "Rosie the Riveter" bench at the Memorial, in his speech he said he would donate another $2,000. This brings his total donation to the Memorial to $3,000 which makes him a Gold Donor. We still do need more donations..... So all of you who want to help please open your hearts and your wallets, you can donate directly to the Castro Valley VFW or via PayPal on the Memorial's website: www.CVVM.info Submitted by Marine Corps Veteran Michael L. Emerson who is donating the Memorial's Design and also donating his time to be the Build Manager of the Memorial and was the MC of Saturday's Ground Breaking Ceremony.

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