“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”
On Sunday, November 11th at 11:00 a.m. the City of Corona will dedicate its Veterans Memorial. The Memorial honors those from our community who have honorably served in the United States Armed Forces and worn a uniform to protect our freedom and way of life around the globe. As we unveil this long-awaited tribute to our local heroes, it’s important to reflect on the path that led us to this moment.
Over the years there have been many discussions and attempts to garner support to establish a memorial for our local veterans. Fannie Mae “FM” Doss, a WAVE (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service” during WWII), members of the American Legion and Auxiliary as well as veterans themselves have all came forward expressing interest in building a memorial in the City.
In April of 2001, the Corona City Council approved the Corona Veterans Memorial’s planning, construction and eventual dedication. At that time the Corona Veterans Memorial Division, composed of Corona-Norco area military veterans and community leaders were tasked with involving the community and raising funds for the Memorial. Long hours were spent with the community discussing, designing and planning a fitting tribute to our Armed Forces. When City Hall opened in 2005, the plans changed to locate the Memorial on its grounds and conceptual designs for the Memorial were developed by Baxter Miller Landscape Architects (BMLA) of Corona, CA. On May 4, 2005, the City Council adopted a resolution, officially designating the interior courtyard on the south entrance to City Hall as the primary site for the Veterans Memorial.
regarding the long-planned Memorial at City Hall. The Committee was chaired by City Treasurer Richard O. Haley, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and, Jennifer Bryan, Ed Carrillo, Ruben Rasso, John Gavigan, Dave McDougall, and Gabe Garcia.
After a generous donation by Watermarke Properties, the BMLA plans for the Memorial started to become a reality. The design is a five-sided monolith structure, representing each branch of the military via their respective service medallions. The design also includes a water feature around the monolith, flags, hardscape improvements, trees, benches, sleeves for flags around the Memorial, and a kiosk containing a database of local veterans.
Construction was awarded to Micon Construction with the funding provided by Watermarke Properties and Corona’s Parks and Open Space Fund. Construction work for the Memorial began in June 2012 and will be completed in October 2012 for a dedication ceremony on Veterans Day.
November 11th is designated as Veterans Day as it marks the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. This day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served their country and the City of Corona is proud to pay tribute to our Veterans with the unveiling of the Memorial.
Please join us in honoring our community’s veterans at the dedication of the Veterans Memorial at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at the south entrance of City Hall (400 S. Vicentia Ave MAP). Light refreshments will be served. A vendor booth will provide flag etiquette information and American flag sales. The dedication will occur rain or shine. For more information and questions, please call the City of Corona Parks & Community Services Department at (951) 736-2241.