As a follow-up to the commemorative brick installation at Veterans Memorial Plaza in Del Valle Park, the City of Lakewood created the Veterans History Project website, now live at www.lakewoodveterans.org.
"On our website, which you can access from a computer or a smartphone while you’re at the memorial, the stories of our Lakewood veterans will be told for generations to come,” said Mayor Ron Piazza.
The website's purpose is to show a photo, military service history and a personal story about Lakewood-connected veterans and active-duty military service members, including those whose names appear on the commemorative bricks at the Veterans Memorial Plaza.
Commemorative veterans bricks are still available for purchase. Information on ordering a brick can be found on the website above or at the Public Works counter at city hall.
There is also a page on the site dedicated to “The Boys of Del Valle Park,” including the poem, a video, and the photos and personal history of the young men of early Lakewood who gave their lives during the Vietnam War.
The public is invited to complete a short online form with details about their veteran's service, a brief narrative, and a photo. A website page will then be created for each veteran's story so visitors to the memorial can learn about the veterans honored there.
To get started, visit the Veterans History Project website at www.lakewoodveterans.org and click on the "Submit a Story" tab, or first browse the stories posted there. You can also download a flyer and worksheet at that page for details on the information you need to prepare, and guidelines for selecting and scanning a photo of your veteran. Flyers and worksheets are also available at the Public Information Department in city hall.
If you don't have Internet access, or need assistance, help is available. You can schedule an appointment to bring your information and photo to the Weingart Senior Center on pre-arranged dates and times. A volunteer will complete the online form for you and scan and upload the photo.
To find out about appointment dates and times or with other questions about the Veterans History Project, please call Lakewood's Community Relations Office at 562-866-9771, extension 3123.