Bellflower dedicates enhanced Veterans Memorial

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Wave Staff Report

BELLFLOWER — City officials dedicated an enhanced Veterans Memorial Nov. 11 at Library Gardens Park.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance was limited and those present were asked to wear face masks and observe social distancing, said Park and Recreation Manager Kristen Smith.

Scheduled to participate were members of the City Council and Commander Mike Laughlin of VFW Post No. 7243 in Long Beach.

“Laughlin acted as a consultant throughout the completion of the project ensuring proper protocols were followed,” Smith said.

“The Veterans Memorial is dedicated with gratitude to all who have served to preserve the blessings of liberty and freedom for all. We honor and remember these men and women and their families for the sacrifices they have made on behalf of every American,” the memorial states.

The City Council approved conceptual designs for the project in February.

“It is dedicated to the men and women who are serving or have served our country in times of peace and war, and especially to those who gave their lives in that service,” Smith said.

“The enhancements include individual monuments and lighted flag poles for five branches of the military and [prisoners of war]; a lighted Battle Cross sculpture; a reflection area with dedication bricks for loved ones; a Veterans Memorial entry wall/sign; and many decorative attributes including military insignia, quotes of valor and honor, dedication plaques, and more,” Smith added.

She added:

“The Battle Cross sculpture that serves as the Memorial’s centerpiece is an iconic symbol of sacrifice, honor and respect for those who have given all. It is a time-honored military memorial that symbolizes the honor, service and sacrifice of soldiers killed in battle.”

Contributors include Jaime Yamashita, landscape artist; and California Landscape, the contractor, Smith said.