Members of a Castro Valley veterans group are finally getting their wish of having a memorial honoring military veterans from the Castro Valley and other Bay Area communities.
Put on by the Castro Valley branch of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Castro Valley Veteran's Memorial will honor the service of veterans in a dedication on Veteran's Day.
The memorial is just one of many creations designed by project manager and former U.S. Marine, Michael L. Emerson, who also designed Union City's Flight 93 Memorial in honor of the flight 93 heroes of 9/11.
"We really wanted to honor local veterans," Emerson said.
Emerson designed the memorial to honor each of the military's six branches. The front displays a quote by a prominent veteran from that branch, and the back shows 99 names of Bay Area veterans.
After three years of fundraising, the committee was able to fully fund the memorial with donations.
Made mostly of granite, Emerson said he was conscious in making it as close to theft-resistant as possible. "There are so many instances where people steal or tag memorials," he said, "and this is the best way we could protect against that."
The memorial still has room for about 30 names and are available for donation via the Castro Valley Veteran's Memorial website.
Medal of Honor recipient Richard Pitman, as well as veterans who fought during Pearl Harbor, D-Day and Desert Storm are expected to be in attendance, according to Emerson.
The dedication will take place at the Castro Valley Community Center and Park, 18988 Lake Chabot Road in Castro Valley on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.