A year ago, I approached the city of Solana Beach and offered to form a committee and work with the city to enhance the present Veterans Memorial at La Colonia Park. Little did I know, there were plans incorporated in the La Colonia Park Master Plan for a place to honor our veterans, living or not, and our enlisted troops.
Presently, there is a wall of honor inside the park auditorium that Chuckles Hernandez created with photographs of our veterans and troops from Eden Gardens who have served or are serving. Several served during World War II, but there’s very few of them left. Chuckles would like to see this project come to fruition before any more pass. The city and our committee would like to see that as well.
Each year since the memorial was created in the mid-1990s, the local VFW under the guidance of Randy Treadway, joins the city in beautiful celebrations for both Memorial Day and Veterans Day. These ceremonies include music from the Santa Fe Christian band and the Young Marines Color Guard. White doves are released into the sky after “Taps” is played. It is truly a poignant ceremony and very well attended.
It gives me great pleasure to invite each of you to the unveiling of the drawing of the new “Veterans Honor Courtyard” at La Colonia Park on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. We will officially kick off the fundraiser and sell beautiful tiles to remember soldiers who have served. We will also ask for public donations and sponsorships. I’m inviting each and every one of you to come to the ceremony and bring your friends and neighbors. Light refreshments will be served, and it’s a great opportunity to pay tribute to our veterans and military.
Please join us and help us complete this project as soon as possible so that the last remaining WWII vets can see it.
Former Mayor and Councilmember
City of Solana Beach