Donations Needed For Upland Veterans’ Monument Project

UPLAND, Calif. – Residents and businesses from throughout the region are invited to contribute to the Upland Veterans’ Monument Project, which will be developed in the Upland Civic Center plaza between City Hall and the Upland Public Library.Daily Bulletin story

The monument and other elements of the project will honor our nation’s serving military and veterans. Flags of each service branch and the POW/MIA will surround the central monument, and a separate reflection wall in the plaza will pay tribute to local residents who served in the U.S. military.

“Our goal also is to honor our military personnel and veterans, while also educating the public about the contributions and sacrifices of the men and women who have bravely served our country, including many Upland residents,” said Ralph Cavallo, chair of the Upland Veterans’ Monument Committee, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is the project benefactor.

“When complete, this will be a grand and meaningful monument in which Upland residents and visitors alike will be proud, but it will take the generosity of the public to make this noble and worthwhile project a reality.”

Under the oversight of the city of Upland, the Upland Veterans’ Monument Project will feature a 14-foot-tall pentagon black granite monument. The history of each branch of service, as well as information about U.S. military conflicts and campaigns, will be included on each panel of the monument and elsewhere in the plaza. A separate wall with recyclable water features will include names of residents who served in the military. The Upland City Council unanimously approved the location for the monument at its meeting on Jan. 12.

Cavallo said the proposed location in the Upland Civic Center will provide a high level of visibility to those visiting Upland City Hall and the Upland Public Library, as well as to motorists traveling along Euclid Avenue. The target date for the project’s completion is Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11, 2015.

“We also hope visitors will utilize the adjacent library to seek out additional information about the wars, conflicts and other historical military events that have called to service many of our residents,” he said.

For more information about the project and how to donate, visit www.uvmp.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/uplandveteransmonumentproject.

Donations to the Upland Veteran’s Monument should be sent to the Upland Community Foundation at P.O. Box 794, Upland, Calif., 91785. Gifts are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

For more information, contact Ralph Cavallo at (951) 990-4595 or Ken Hargrove at (909) 912-9318 or ken.hargrove@gmail.com

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