When Lakewood was founded as a city in 1954, many of its original residents were veterans and their families. The city’s appreciation for military duty in service to our country was strong then, and has continued to be strong in every generation since. When the city renovated and expanded its Veterans Memorial Plaza in 2015, commemorative bricks were laid around the memorial so that veterans with a connection to Lakewood could be remembered and honored.
Now, to accompany the bricks and the memorial, the city has launched an online Veterans History Project at www.lakewoodveterans.org. The website's purpose is to tell the stories of Lakewood-connected veterans and active-duty military service members, including those whose names appear on the commemorative bricks at the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Del Valle Park. The site also includes a section on the 'Boys of Del Valle Park.'
The public is invited to complete a form with the details about their veteran's service and submit a picture. A webpage will then be created for each veteran's story so visitors to the memorial can learn about the veterans honored there. (See sample below.)
Submissions may be made for all veterans, including active duty, as long as they have a tie to Lakewood, California.
To review the questions in advance so you can gather the information as well as select and scan a photo, click here for the worksheet.
If you would like to tell the story of a Lakewood-connected veteran or active-duty service member close to you, please click here to go to the online submission form.