Lakewood residents and others who order a commemorative brick in honor of military service members by March 31 will have it installed at the Del Valle Park Veterans Memorial Plaza in time for this year’s Memorial Day ceremony.
“This is a unique opportunity to be part of a lasting legacy in our community,” said Mayor Ron Piazza. “Lakewood has so many residents who are grateful for our nation’s veterans and for our community.” To date, almost 1,800 commemorative veterans' bricks have been installed, and there is still room for more.
Bricks engraved with the name of a military veteran can be purchased and placed along the sides of the memorial’s aircraft carrier runway. The bricks cost $100 each, which covers the bricks’ purchase, engraving and installation and assists with the long-term maintenance of the memorial. A replica copy of the brick to take home may also be ordered at the same time at a cost of $75.
The deadline for ordering bricks is March 31, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in order to be installed by Memorial Day. Bricks may be purchased after March 31 but may be installed at a later date. Bricks can be purchased by Lakewood residents or anyone wishing to honor veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Bricks can be purchased online at www.lakewoodcity.org/memorialbricks or at Lakewood City Hall. There is also an order form on that web page that can be printed out for those wishing to pay by check. With questions or to request an order form by mail, please contact Lakewood city staff at email@example.com or 562-866-9771, extension 2140.
The city has also set up a website, www.lakewoodveterans.org, where families may complete a form and submit a photo of their veteran with a Lakewood connection (brick purchase not required). A web page is created from the information submitted to share the stories of these veterans for years to come.