Vets push for park to honor fallen

Memorial would be third in county
By: Penne Usher Telegraph Correspondent
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A vacant plot of land adjacent to Promontory Community Park in El Dorado Hills will one day become a Veteran’s memorial park. Robert Leon, a Vietnam Veteran and co-chair of the El Dorado Hills Veteran’s Memorial Committee, said 1.2 acres of the park off Sophia Parkway on Alexandra Drive will become the third memorial in the county dedicated to those who have served our country. Currently there is a Veteran’s Memorial park in South Lake Tahoe and Placerville. “We are in the planning stages right now,” Leon said. “The Fallen Warriors Memorial Organization is at the forefront of the efforts.” Construction is expected to begin in May 2001 and the goal is to have the project completed for Veterans Day 2011. The memorial park will honor veterans from all conflicts back to WWI, but will also serve as an education tool for students in the county, Leon said. “We are gearing this up as an education tool for students, trying to create a place where teachers can take kids K-12 on field trips,” he said. “This will be a student friendly place, a living memorial and not just a memorial for the departed.” The Nov. 13 Blues and Brews concert, sponsored by the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills, was the fundraising kick-off event for the park that is expected to cost around $2 million. “We believe that this is a good local cause,” said Bill Tobin, president of the Rotary Club who has a son in the Air Force. “Our club is behind the idea and wants to bring the park to fruition.” Plans for the memorial park include a remembrance garden, service area, historical information locations and a reflecting pool. “We wanted a memorial where students can come and learn the 100 year historical journey,” Leon said. “We don’t want our community to forget those who are serving today as well as all who served in the past.”