April 26, 2011 (Alpine) --“Mission Honored: A Dream Achieved” is the theme on May 30, 2011, when the Veterans Wall of Honor Committee hosts a community celebration to dedicate a wall of honor for local veterans.
The mobilization, fund-raising and awareness campaign began in earnest 18 months ago at the joint initiative of the Alpine Community Center and the Alpine Kiwanis Club. “Now, thanks to hundreds of donations and the unparalleled leadership of County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, and the Alpine VFW Post 9578, the Veterans Wall of Honor is a dream come true,” said Herb Cawthorne, spokesman for the project.
On May 30, 2011, at 1:00 p.m., the Wall of Honor will be unveiled, including a tile to acknowledge the late Lt. John Finn, Medal of Honor recipient and Pearl Harbor veteran whose name is the first to be placed on the Wall of Honor.
“John Finn represents the best in all of us,” said Dan Foster, Chairman of the Wall of Honor Committee. “If his name were all alone on this wall, it would be a great place. But Lt. Finn, rest his soul, will be joined by hundreds of others, grandfathers and grandmothers, moms and dads, sons and daughters, who sacrificed in the armed services to keep our country safe. This is truly a dream come true.”
At the dedication on May 30, scores of tiles will be unveiled on the Veterans Wall of Honor. Applications are currently being verified and tiles produced to honor local veterans. “Families from all over the community are excited to have their loved ones on this wall. In the process, it has been amazing what we’ve learned together – about service and heroes and incredible deeds of valor” said Bob Jackson.
Jackson adds, “There is no deadline. The Wall can hold 952 tiles. If the applications can be processed in time for the Memorial Day celebration, great. If not, they will still go up on the Wall as we complete sections. The important thing is to take care with these tile applications and make sure our veterans are properly honored, since their tile will be up on the Wall forever.”
Music and food will also be provided at the celebration, which will be held at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd.