After Solana Beach honored service members during its annual Veterans Day ceremony, city and county officials broke ground on a courtyard that will honor past, present and future services members every day.
“Gratitude is a really important quality to work into your daily life,” said Deputy Mayor Lesa Heebner. “To be able to have something like this in our community, which is close to so many of us in our small city, reminds us to be thankful. We have a lot to be thankful for.”
Located at La Colonia Park, the Veterans Honor Courtyard will feature a stone veneer wall with military seals behind a reflecting pool, honoring all U.S. veterans, living and deceased, as well as those who are serving at home and abroad.
The $200,000 project is funded by city and county grants, as well as private donations. To raise funds for the project, former Mayor Tere Renteria, who has spearheaded the project, and other volunteers are selling 1-foot square tiles that will be installed in the courtyard to honor service members.
Before the ceremonial groundbreaking, Renteria said that she needed a little more than $8,000 to fully fund the project. She received more than $1,000 in donations and tile sales before and after the ceremony, she said.
Tiles are still available for $300 each.
“I can’t even imagine doing what these servicemen and women do,” said Heebner, who added that the community hopes to hold a ribbon-cutting for the courtyard on Memorial Day. “I have such admiration and respect for those who serve our country and fight for us so we can have this freedom.”
For information on the courtyard or to purchase a tile, visit vetshonor.org.