Video ©SCVTV; Photos by Nick Robles, City of Santa Clarita.
November 8, 2017 —
The city of Santa Clarita unveils the Fallen Warriors Monument at Veterans Historical Plaza in Newhall. The monument memorializes Santa Clarita Valley residents who died in combat or
as a result of their service in active war zones during World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the War on Terror.
To learn about the individual honorees on the monument, visit SantaClaritaWarMemorial.com.
Note: Councilman Bob Kellar stood in for Bill Reynolds at the ceremony.
About Veterans Historical Plaza.
Source: City of Santa Clarita.
In 2000, the Santa Clarita City Council initiated an aggressive effort to raise funds for the design and construction of a Veterans Historical Plaza. The City Council led an effort that included the support of then Assembly-member George Runner and State Senator Pete Knight, to secure $250,000 in State funding through the Department of Veterans Affairs for the land acquisition of one-half acre for this project. The Historical Veterans Memorial Committee assisted the City in public meetings and was originally responsible for the sale of inscribed bricks as part of the Plaza. Additionally, this committee raised funds for a special piece of art for the Plaza, "Willie, the Drummer Boy."
The design of the Plaza evokes images of a formal Victorian garden. This may be seen in the symmetry of the layout, as well as in the detailing found in the architecture and furnishings. The design team's goal was to create a place of serenity and reflection on the middle of the bustling city. The placement of water features provides both a dramatic visual effect and serves to reduce traffic noise from adjacent Newhall Avenue. Extending on either side of the water features are walkways with bronze story-stations depicting each of our nation's military conflicts leading to a central lawn area. Across this lawn area are the majestic United States and California flags, flanked by flags of each of the five branches of the military. On either side, Victorian pergolas offer shade, and on special occasions, a place to gather or to stage performances. A brick walkway surrounds the ellipse and contains hundreds of engraved bricks honoring individuals who served in the military.
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