Veterans Memorial Dedication
Ceremony set for June 14
The dedication ceremony for the Moreno Valley Veterans Memorial is Flag Day, June 14, at 4:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place at the memorial site at the Moreno Valley Civic Center, 14177 Frederick Street, Moreno Valley, California.
The $1.3 million star-shaped memorial was designed by the architectural firm LPA of Irvine, California. The names of fallen soldiers from the Moreno Valley area are engraved in granite on the memorial, which is surrounded by engraved stones commemorating military veterans.
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, which will be unveiled during the ceremony, consists of a pair of military boots, an M16 rifle with the barrel down between the boots, and a combat helmet on top.
In addition to the unveiling of the statue, plans for the ceremony include a military flyover of a Vietnam War era helicopter – a Bell UH-1B Huey Gunship restored and operated by Wings and Rotors Air Museum in Murrieta, California – the Presentation of Colors by the Inland Empire Harley Owners Group West Coast Thunder Color Guard, a 21-gun salute by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 12020, Riverside National Cemetery Rifle Team 45, and tributes by City officials and clergy.
The idea for the 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.
Due to limited parking at the Civic Center and the large turnout expected for this event, carpooling is strongly encouraged. Parking will be available at the Civic Center in the parking lots adjacent to City Hall at 14177 Frederick Street and the Conference and Recreation Center at 14075 Frederick Street. Overflow parking will be available in the lot just west of the Conference and Recreation Center, off of Alessandro Boulevard.