A fundraising effort now underway has raised just over $240,000 toward the veterans' organizations' goal of $301,000. So far, the more than 200 donors have contributed about 80% of the goal.
The new memorial will feature seven monoliths and seven flag poles, each representing an arm of the military branches, including the Merchant Marines, and taller poles for the American and POW/MIA flags. A large granite platform, a bronze sculpture of a kneeling soldier, sitting benches and a granite star will be installed at the base of the flag poles.
One of those to be remembered at the new memorial will be U.S. Army Sgt. Richard Covert on what would have been his 65th birthday. Covert was killed on Feb. 14, 1971, in Quang Tri Province during the Vietnam War.
He is one of at least 21 Pleasanton area residents who died while serving the country during military conflict. These 21 names will be inscribed on the memorial at Pioneer Cemetery on Sunol Boulevard.
Information about the memorial can be found at www.pleasantonveteransmemorial.com/index.html.
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