The Moreno Valley Veterans Memorial was dedicated on June 14th, 2007. The $1.3 million star-shaped monument features large granite panels upon which the names of Moreno Valley soldiers killed in action are inscribed. The Memorial’s centerpiece is a battlefield cross bronze statue, “Fallen Soldier,” created by Richard Rist of The Large Art Company of Baltimore, Maryland. The sculpture consists of a pair of military boots, an M16 rifle with the barrel down between the boots, and a combat helmet on top. Pavers inscribed with the names of military veterans surround the Memorial along with landscaping, including olive trees. A rose garden, planted by the Moreno Valley Garden Club is also on the Memorial site.
The idea for the Moreno Valley Veterans Memorial arose from an appearance before the City Council by Mary Carriere, whose son, Lance Corporal Jason Tetrault, was killed in action on July 9, 2003 in Kuwait. As a result of that discussion, the City Council approved funding for the design of a memorial in Moreno Valley, and a committee that included Mrs. Carriere, Mayor Charles R. White, Mayor Pro Tem William H. Batey, II, Laura Froehlich and Kevin Kearby, was formed to work on this important project. The Moreno Valley Veterans Memorial is located at the Moreno Valley Civic Center, 14177 Frederick Street, between the Conference and Recreation Center and the Public Safety Building. The Memorial is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Memorial Day Ceremony
Learn more about the new Military Banner Appreciation Program:
Find Active Duty and Killed in Action Banner applications below:
The City of Moreno Valley offers several ways to honor the men and woman who have served our country. Applications to nominate them for recognition are listed below. Applications may be submitted at any time but are due by April 15 for a Memorial Day installation.
- Application for the Nomination of Killed in Action Military Personnel: Veterans Memorial and Military Banner Appreciation Program
- Application for Memorial Pavers
- Application for Military Appreciation Banner Program Active Duty Military Personnel
Also available are Veterans Memorial DVD and Commemorative Coins.
To order, call 951.413.3008.