Viejas Chairman Pico, Congressman Duncan Hunter and Supervisor Jacob to speak at groundbreaking event honoring Alpine veterans
January 25, 2011 (Alpine)--What started as a dream is becoming a reality. The Wall of Honor is ready to start construction at the Alpine Community Center at 9 a.m. on January 29--and you can have a chance to be one of the first to move ground in honor of our veterans. A Labor of Love will start construction and give community members an opportunity to pitch in the effort to build a lasting memorial for area veterans.
“What a blessing it is to honor our beloved veterans, those who have sacrificed to make our lives safe and secure,” said Bob Jackson, a member of the Wall of Honor Committee. “The Labor of Love is the culmination of all of our work over this past year to make the Wall of Honor a reality and, now, we’re saying to the community, “Come on down and help us get it done.”
In December 2010, the County of San Diego, behind the leadership of Supervisor Diane Jacob, provided a neighborhood improvement grant that pushed the fund-raising for the Wall of Honor over the top. The county funds were combined with numerous contributions from community members, the Alpine Kiwanis Club, Alpine Community Center, Alpine VFW, as well as major gifts from corporations, like Viejas, Borrego Springs Bank, SDG&E, Drew Ford, and Albertson’s.
“This is about love and passion for those who served our country. We have a great country and those who have protected it will have their names on the Wall of Honor for future generations to admire and respect,” said Dan Foster, Chairman of the Wall of Honor Committee.
Viejas tribal chairman Anthony Pico and Supervisor Jacob will be featured speakers at the event. Viejas was the first sponsor of the Wall of Honor, providing seed money, printing and staff assistance to get the ball rolling. Now the funds have been raised and it’s time to get the job done.
“Viejas is a true community partner, stepping forward when we needed the help most,” said Foster, adding “the Viejas tribe made this possible by coming in on the ground flood. They understood and shared our love of those who have served this great county and we all deeply appreciate that.”
Members of the public are invited to kick-off construction by joining the committee at the Labor of Love event this Saturday and move ground to honor of those who served our country.
In the words of Chairman Dan Foster, “The Veterans Wall of Honor is designed to thank all veterans in all of America whom we have lost over the years and the ones who are still with us, as well as the wonderful men and women who are currently serving our country. This Wall will be a beautiful addition to our quaint little town.”
For more information, contact Herb Cawthorne at 619-977-6480
Chief Sponsors are the County of San Diego, Supervisor Dianne Jacob, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, SDG&E, Borrego Springs Bank, Albertson’s, and Drew Ford.