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Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California

Very Proud of this monument which we created and installed  It was signed into law.distinguished-flying-cross-memorial-created and installed-by Sun City Granite

Public Law No: 113-132 (07/25/2014)

[113th Congress Public Law 132]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]

[[Page 128 STAT. 1727]]

Public Law 113-132
113th Congress

An Act

To designate a Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial at the March
Field Air Museum in Riverside, California. <<NOTE: July 25,
2014 – [H.R. 330]>>

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Distinguished
Flying Cross National Memorial Act. 16 USC 431 note.>>
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Distinguished Flying Cross National
Memorial Act”.
SEC. 2. DESIGNATION OF DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS NATIONAL
MEMORIAL IN RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA.

(a) Findings.–Congress finds the following:
(1) The most reliable statistics regarding the number of
members of the Armed Forces who have been awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross indicate that 126,318 members of the
Armed Forces received the medal during World War II,
approximately 21,000 members received the medal during the
Korean conflict, and 21,647 members received the medal during
the Vietnam War. Since the end of the Vietnam War, more than 203
Armed Forces members have received the medal in times of
conflict.
(2) The National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis,
Missouri, burned down in 1973, and thus many more recipients of
the Distinguished Flying Cross may be undocumented. Currently,
the Department of Defense continues to locate and identify
members of the Armed Forces who have received the medal and are
undocumented.
(3) The United States currently lacks a national memorial
dedicated to the bravery and sacrifice of those members of the
Armed Forces who have distinguished themselves by heroic deeds
performed in aerial flight.
(4) An appropriate memorial to current and former members of
the Armed Forces is under construction at March Field Air Museum
in Riverside, California.
(5) This memorial will honor all those members of the Armed
Forces who have distinguished themselves in aerial flight,
whether documentation of such members who earned the
Distinguished Flying Cross exists or not.

(b) Designation.–The memorial to members of the Armed Forces who
have been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, located at March Field
Air Museum in Riverside, California, is hereby designated as the
Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial.

[[Page 128 STAT. 1728]]

(c) Effect of Designation.–The national memorial designated by this
section is not a unit of the National Park System, and the designation
of the national memorial shall not be construed to require or permit
Federal funds to be expended for any purpose related to the national
memorial.

Approved July 25, 2014.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY–H.R. 330:
—————————————————————————

HOUSE REPORTS: No. 113-79 (Comm. on Natural Resources).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD:
Vol. 159 (2013):
Oct. 29, considered and passed
House.
Vol. 160 (2014):
July 9, considered and passed
Senate.

LAKE ELSINORE: Legal battles over, veterans memorial finally built by Sun City Granite Begins install of Headstone Monument

LAKE ELSINORE: Legal battles over, veterans memorial finally built by Sun City Granite Begins install of Headstone Monument

BY MICHAEL J. WIILIAMS / STAFF WRITERPublished: Nov. 4, 2014 Updated: Nov. 5, 2014 1:48 p.m.

 Workers with Sun City Granite get ready to install the final piece of the granite veterans memorial outside The Diamond stadium in Lake Elsinore.
FRANK BELLINO, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

More than two years after its conception – and after much controversy and legal troubles – Lake Elsinore’s veterans memorial monument stands ready to serve.

Installation of the monument at The Diamond stadium concluded Tuesday. It will be unveiled Sunday.

The centerpiece of Lake Elsinore’s monument is a vertical slab engraved with the phrase “Honoring Our Brave Men and Women Who By Their Service Give Life To Our Most Precious Gift – Freedom.”

Also etched in the stone are images of a soaring eagle and a soldier facing empty combat boots propping up a rifle, on which rests a helmet.

The statue is mounted on a base of two slabs reading “Freedom is Never Free.”

Veteran memorial lake elsinore by sun city granite

Sun City Granite Inc. owner Joe Mehochko said the combined weight of the granite slabs is more than 3,600 pounds.

“We love doing these,” he said. “We love honoring the veterans.”

City officials selected the company to construct the monument in 2012. But the project was delayed over what would be etched on the stone.

After forming a committee to come up with a design, the City Council approved a design that included Christian crosses and Stars of David, despite opposition. Two residents successfully sued the city to block the design as a violation of the principle of separation of church and state.

Though a nonprofit legal group defended the city at no cost, the city wound up having to pay plaintiffs’ attorneys fees of $200,000, dwarfing the $60,000 budgeted for the project.

While the court case played out, the blank slabs shipped from India sat at Sun City Granite’s headquarters in Perris.

“(Veterans memorials) can take years by the time you get through all the committees, and a lot of times it takes years to get the funding together,” Mehochko said.

Mehochko, accompanied by installers Larry Young and Vincent Martinez, managed to slide the central slab into place after about three hours of maneuvers Tuesday morning.

“You know something can go wrong, always,” Mehochko said. But “everything came together perfectly.”Lake Elsinore Veterans memorial Sun city granite ca

On the previous day, his crew built the other section of the monument that greets visitors as they arrive at the stadium. That part consists of five black granite pedestals engraved with the emblems of each of the five U.S. military branches. The circle of pedestals is surrounded by more than 150 engraved pavers purchased by local residents to honor service members or their own service contributions. More will be placed there in the future.

The city contracted Avila Landscaping to put up a flagpole in the center of the pedestal display and install lights for both sections.

“It’s another day in paradise, just participating in something like this,” said Avila employee Enrique Garcia of Perris. “Not everyone can say they put up a monument like this honoring our service members. … Now when I get older and bring my grandchildren here, I can tell them I helped out with this.”

Contact the writer: 951-368-9690 or michaelwilliams@pe.com

Long-Awaited Lake Elsinore Veteran’s Memorial Nearly Complete Sun City Granite begins install of Headstone Monument Memorial

Long-Awaited Lake Elsinore Veteran's Memorial Nearly Complete, Memorial Bricks on Sale

The following is a news release from the city of Lake Elsinore:

The City of Lake Elsinore is set to install its Veterans Memorial  designed by Sun City Granite Headstones and Monuments, and will officially unveil the memorial to the community during the Lake Elsinore Grand Prix on November 8th or 9th.

Preparations for the installation of the City’s Veterans Memorial at the Diamond Stadium are expected to begin the week of October 13th. The date and time of the unveiling are not yet confirmed. The custom memorial is made from premium black granite Sun City Granite will provide the monument, and will include two monument areas in the main entrance area of the Diamond Stadium.

“We have waited far too long to celebrate the installation of this important monument in our community,” said Councilman Brian Tisdale who served on the City’s Veteran’s Memorial Ad-hoc Committee. “We are proud to finally have a place in our community to honor and remember the brave men and women who have served to protect our country and our freedom.”

The City’s new Veterans Memorial includes two monument areas in front of the entrance of the Diamond Stadium. The upper memorial area is a large, custom premium black granite monument etched with the depiction of a solider in front of a fallen soldier’s battlefield grave. The grave is marked by the rifle, helmet, dog tags and the boots of a fallen soldier. This has become a well-known symbol to respect and honor those lost in battle and is a practice that dates back to the American Civil War.

The lower monument area will include five premium granite pedestals with the insignia for each of the branches surrounding a twenty-five foot flag pole with lighting. Finally, the memorial includes the engraving of surrounding bricks that Veterans and/or their families can purchase to honor their service.

“The City’s new Memorial Brick Program is a lasting way to pay tribute to those who are special to us and who have sacrificed for our country,” said Mayor Natasha Johnson. “This program and memorial will allow us to establish a new tradition in the City of Lake Elsinore to honor our great heroes each year.”

The local American Legion Post 200 and the VFW are assisting the City with administering its new Memorial Brick Program. Forms for the program are available on the City’s website, www.Lake-Elsinore.org, or they can be picked up and submitted to the local American Legion or VFW. The cost of each brick is $30 and includes three lines of information with room for 20 letters, spaces, and punctuation on each line. Residents of the City or surrounding county areas are encouraged to purchase these bricks to honor their family and friends.

Bricks will only be engraved once per year. Every year, the City will unveil the latest memorial brick requests at an annual Veteran’s Day Observance during the Lake Elsinore Grand Prix to honor these veterans. To ensure a brick is included in the upcoming unveiling this year, forms and payments for bricks must be received by Friday, October 17th.

lake Elsinore Veteran Memorial by Sun City Granite

The Veterans Memorial design and location were determined by an Ad-hoc Veteran’s Memorial Committee that included representatives from the City, Lake Elsinore Historical Society, Storm Baseball, Elsinore Valley Cemetery, and various veteran affiliated groups in the community including the VFW and the American Legion.

If there are any questions regarding the Memorial Brick Program, please contact Nicole Dailey at (951) 674-3124 or by email ndailey@lake-elsinore.org.

Sun City Granite Provides Monument for Fallen heroes honored at 2nd LAR Bn. memorial service

Sun City Granite Provides Monument for Fallen heroes honored at 2nd LAR Bn. memorial service

By Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde | May 31, 2012

 Marines from 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, stand behind a monument paying tribute to Marines and sailors form the battalion who have died in combat since 1989 prior to a memorial service May 24. Speakers at the event stressed the importance of honoring fallen service members during Memorial Day, which occurred four days later, May 28.

Marines from 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, stand behind a monument paying tribute to Marines and sailors form the battalion who have died in combat since 1989 prior to a memorial service May 24. Speakers at the event stressed the importance of honoring fallen service members during Memorial Day, which occurred four days later, May 28. (Photo by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde)

A memorial detail honors Marines and sailors from 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion with a three-shot volley during a memorial service honoring the fallen of 2nd LAR Bn. The May 24 service took place four days prior to Memorial Day, a day when Americans pay tribute to all service members who have died in combat.

A memorial detail honors Marines and sailors from 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion with a three-shot volley during a memorial service honoring the fallen of 2nd LAR Bn. The May 24 service took place four days prior to Memorial Day, a day when Americans pay tribute to all service members who have died in combat.(Photo by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde)

A memorial detail honors Marines and sailors from 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion with a three-shot volley during a memorial service honoring the fallen of 2nd LAR Bn. The May 24 service took place four days prior to Memorial Day, a day when Americans pay tribute to all service members who have died in combat.

A memorial detail honors Marines and sailors from 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion with a three-shot volley during a memorial service honoring the fallen of 2nd LAR Bn. The May 24 service took place four days prior to Memorial Day, a day when Americans pay tribute to all service members who have died in combat.(Photo by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde)

Marines and sailors from 2nd Marine Division pray during a memorial service honoring Marines and sailors from 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion who have died in combat since 1989. The May 24 service included a final roll call, a playing of Taps and a three-shot volley to honor the fallen Marines sailors.

Marines and sailors from 2nd Marine Division pray during a memorial service honoring Marines and sailors from 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion who have died in combat since 1989. The May 24 service included a final roll call, a playing of Taps and a three-shot volley to honor the fallen Marines sailors. (Photo by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde)

Marines and sailors from 2nd Marine Division pray during a memorial service honoring Marines and sailors from 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion who have died in combat since 1989. The May 24 service included a final roll call, a playing of Taps and a three-shot volley to honor the fallen Marines sailors.

Marines and sailors from 2nd Marine Division pray during a memorial service honoring Marines and sailors from 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion who have died in combat since 1989. The May 24 service included a final roll call, a playing of Taps and a three-shot volley to honor the fallen Marines sailors. (Photo by Cpl. Tommy Belllegarde)

Lieutenant Col. Patrick J. Keane, commanding officer of 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, gives remarks during a memorial service honoring Marines from the battalion who have died in combat. For those closest to our fallen destroyers, the tears will never totally fade, Keane said. I believe it's our obligation to them, whether we knew them well or didn't know them at all, to think of them with smiling faces, to honor their commitment to each other and ensure that our conduct reflects our honor to them; and as importantly, to live every moment of our lives mindful that theirs were cut all too short.

Lieutenant Col. Patrick J. Keane, commanding officer of 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, gives remarks during a memorial service honoring Marines from the battalion who have died in combat. For those closest to our fallen destroyers, the tears will never totally fade, Keane said. I believe it’s our obligation to them, whether we knew them well or didn’t know them at all, to think of them with smiling faces, to honor their commitment to each other and ensure that our conduct reflects our honor to them; and as importantly, to live every moment of our lives mindful that theirs were cut all too short. (Photo by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde)

Marines and sailors from 2nd Marine Division, listen to remarks from Lt. Col. Patrick J. Keane (not pictured), commanding officer of 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion during a memorial service honoring Marines and sailors from 2nd LAR Bn. who have died in combat since 1989. For those closest to our fallen destroyers, the tears will never totally fade, Keane said. I believe it's our obligation to them, whether we knew them well or didn't know them at all, to think of them with smiling faces, to honor their commitment to each other and ensure that our conduct reflects our honor to them; and as importantly, to live every moment of our lives mindful that theirs were cut all too short.

Marines and sailors from 2nd Marine Division, listen to remarks from Lt. Col. Patrick J. Keane (not pictured), commanding officer of 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion during a memorial service honoring Marines and sailors from 2nd LAR Bn. who have died in combat since 1989. For those closest to our fallen destroyers, the tears will never totally fade, Keane said. I believe it’s our obligation to them, whether we knew them well or didn’t know them at all, to think of them with smiling faces, to honor their commitment to each other and ensure that our conduct reflects our honor to them; and as importantly, to live every moment of our lives mindful that theirs were cut all too short.(Photo by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde)
Sergeant Maj. Fortunato Rubio, sergeant major of 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, conducts a final roll call of Marines and sailors who have died with 2nd LAR since 1989 during a memorial service May 24. The service also included a playing of Taps and a three-shot volley to honor the fallen Marines and sailors.

Sergeant Maj. Fortunato Rubio, sergeant major of 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, conducts a final roll call of Marines and sailors who have died with 2nd LAR since 1989 during a memorial service May 24. The service also included a playing of Taps and a three-shot volley to honor the fallen Marines and sailors.(Photo by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. —Marines and sailors with 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, honored fellow Marines and sailors from the battalion who have died in combat since 1989 with a memorial service outside of the battalion’s headquarters building May 24.

Speakers at the event focused on the meaning of Memorial Day, which occurred four days later, May 28, and how the day is more than just an opportunity to enjoy a day off work to barbecue. They explained the importance of honoring service members who have died in combat on Memorial Day, such as 2nd LAR’s fallen heroes.

“As we approach Memorial Day and as we seek to remember our Marines in our memorial service today, let us be reminded that people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and faiths will be joined together to remember the sacrifices that our servicemen and servicewomen have made so that we can enjoy our freedom,” Navy Lt. Robert S. Spivey, chaplain of 2nd LAR Bn., said. “Those brave men and women, including the Marines listed on this memorial here, have made the ultimate sacrifice so that you and I can gather here today and remember.”

The battalion’s commanding officer, Lt. Col. Patrick J. Keane, shared similar thoughts.

“Today we honor these men, these Marines and these sailors – our fallen, fellow destroyers who have given the full measure of sacrifice for their country, their unit, and most importantly, for each other,” Keane said. “My intent is only to remind myself and remind all of us to take this time this weekend, while enjoying well-deserved, well-earned time with family and friends, to think about and remember our brothers who can no longer spend that precious time with family and friends, and remember too, the family and friends who can no longer enjoy that time with their Marine or their sailor.

“For those closest to our fallen destroyers, the tears will never totally fade, but I believe it’s our obligation to them, whether we knew them well or didn’t know them at all, to think of them with smiling faces, to honor their commitment to each other and ensure that our conduct reflects our honor to them; and as importantly, to live every moment of our lives mindful that theirs were cut all too short.”

After the speakers finished, Sgt. Maj. Fortunato Rubio, sergeant major, 2nd LAR Bn., conducted a ceremonial roll call for the fallen Marines and sailors that went eerily unanswered.

“All gave some; some gave all,” Rubio said to those in attendance.

Finally, the memorial detail fired a three-shot volley as the Marines in formation stood at attention and rendered hand salutes to properly honor the fallen heroes of 2nd LAR Bn.

Sun City Granite is replacing the 12 foot City Seal in Temecula

TEMECULA: Replacement seal in works for Civic Center

AARON CLAVERIE/STAFF PHOTO
Judy Harter, leader of a local nonprofit, walks past the seal in front of the Civic Center on Friday, Jan. 24. The seal is being replaced with a solid granite version BY AARON CLAVERIE

The city is replacing the large brass and granite mosaic seal at the Civic Center’s main entrance, a handsome piece of work that ended up being a slick annoyance. It is being replaced with a new seal made entirely of dark grey rock known as Imperial granite. Mined from a San Marcos quarry, it was delivered to the engraver, Sun City Granite of Perris, on Monday.  The old mosaic featured polished granite and brass cut-out elements, including two grape clusters, the bust of a Native American and a stagecoach. When it rained, the surface of the seal became very slick, creating a safety hazard for pedestrians.  To prevent people from walking over the seal, the city put safety cones around it during wet weather.  Temecula Assistant Manager Greg Butler said the city attempted to solve the problem by sandblasting the surface of the seal, which he estimated cost the city roughly $20,000 to $25,000.  “It was simply observed that shortly after the mosaic was treated for the slippery wet surface, the summer heat caused the brass cut outs to expand, bow and break the surrounding granite,” Butler said.

Butler said it will cost about $19,000 to replace the seal and the money to pay for the work is coming from the city’s public art fund that is fed by development impact fees. The city is not seeking to recover the costs associated with the original installation because it was put in as per the original design. “We are not seeking to recover any costs from the designer either,” Butler added. “We cannot be certain what caused the brass pieces in the original mosaic to begin to expand and contract so dramatically after the sandblasting treatment.” Work on the replacement seal is scheduled to begin Feb. 17, when City Hall will be closed for Presidents’ Day, said Bruce Wedeking, the city’s maintenance supervisor.

Teresa Herbers, owner of Sun City Granite, said the design of the new seal — which will weigh around 3,500 pounds –, should eliminate the slipping issues.  “We made a point to make most of the granite engraved so it had a rough texture,” she said. “We were very careful about that.”  When the $70 million Civic Center was unveiled in late 2010, flourishes that elicited “oohs” and “ahs,” according to published reports, were the large video screen in the council chambers, the mosaic artwork that hangs in the hallway leading to the chambers and the seal.

Contact Aaron Claverie at 951-368-9698 at aclaverie@pe.com.

New Seal at Temecula City Hall The work Begins

 

Update From Sun City Granite

Starting to do the layout of the granite and granite is cut and polished,  layout of stencils on new seal photos of Slabs

 

TEMECULA: Artists craft new city seal

http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/temecula/temecula-headlines-index/20140214-temecula-artists-craft-new-city-seal.ece#

TEMECULA GRANITE CITY SEAL PROVIDEDED BY SUN CITY GRANITE  MONUMENT HEADSTONES AND MEMORIALS TEMECULA GRANITE CITY SEAL PROVIDEDED BY SUN CITY GRANITE HEADSTONES AND GRAVE MARKERS TEMECULA GRANITE CITY SEAL PROVIDEDED BY SUN CITY GRANITE HEADSTONES AND MEMORIALS
FRANK BELLINO/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Teresa Herbers and Joe Mehochko owners of Sun City Granite work on creating the new seal to front Temecula’s City Hall in Perris Feb, 12, 2014. The seal is being replaced with a solid granite version after the original, which featured brass elements, became a safety hazard
About The Granite and Process..

A huge chunk of Imperial granite mined from a quarry in San Marcos. Crushed garnet trucked down from the Pacific Northwest. Elbow grease and sweat supplied by the owners of Sun City Granite in Perris.  All these Made in the U.S.A. elements are coming together to create a new city seal that will be set in front of the main entrance to Temecula’s Civic Center, which opened with fanfare in late 2010.  “It’s going to be really impressive when it’s done,” said Joe Mehochko, co-owner of Sun City Granite.  Mehochko – his face, hair, pants and baggy shirt covered in crushed garnet – spent three hours on Thursday, Feb. 13, personally sandblasting one of the four pie-shaped wedges that will form the new seal. He’s going to spend equal time on each of the other wedges as well.  To create the seal pattern, Sun City used a printer — Mehochko noted it was also Made in the U.S. — to create the stencil that is set on the granite. The adhesive on the stencil, applied by Sun City co-owner Teresa Herbers, bonds with the granite and allows it to withstand crushed garnet pumped out at 120 pounds per square inch. Sun City is doing the sandblasting by hand because the automatic sandblasting machine that it uses for headstones is not large enough to accommodate the huge wedges that will make up the 3,500-pound seal, which will be 12-feet wide when assembled.  The original seal – which featured large brass cut-out elements of grape clusters, the bust of a Native American and a stagecoach – cost around $20,000. It was praised for its appearance but it quickly became a headache for the city.

During rainy weather, the surface became slick and the city had to put safety cones and warning signs around it: not a particularly positive first impression for a $70-million building designed to be the focal point of a revitalized Old Town.  To create a tacky surface and make the seal safe to walk on, the city brought in a sandblasting crew. Shortly after the seal was blasted, however, the brass pieces started to pop out of place and the granite started cracking.  Assistant City Manager Greg Butler said the city did not seek to recover the costs associated with the initial installation because it was put in according to all specifications. And the city was not able to determine if it was the sandblasting that damaged the seal or abnormal weather conditions.  The city eventually removed the brass elements, creating an odd looking piece of work that sat atop the steps of City Hall for months.  On Presidents’ Day, while City Hall is closed, crews will be jackhammering the old seal out and creating a pad for the new work. Butler said it’s going to cost around $19,000 to complete the job, which includes the money paid to Sun City Granite.The new seal should stand the test of time, Mehochko said.  “You could drive a car over it!” he said. Sun City is hoping to have the new seal placed and set by next week, possibly as soon as Wednesday.

Install Day of the Temecula City Seal
install of temecula new city seal imperial granite by sun city granite headstones and monuments
Plaicng one of the four pieces of the seal total weight 3500

 TEMECULA: New city seal signed, delivered

BY AARON CLAVERIE
STAFF WRITER
March 01, 2014; 07:31 PM
 The new seal at the Temecula Civic Center's main entrance was replaced after the old seal became a slipping hazard in wet condition in Temecula, March,01, 2014.
The city spent almost $20,000 to replace the city seal atop the front steps of the Civic Center for weekends like this.

As wind whipped the trees and Rod Run banners in the Town Square and rain poured down on the center, water beaded atop the new city seal without turning the 12-foot wide circle into a slip ‘n’ slide.The old seal, which was unveiled along with the rest of the $70 million Civic Center in late 2010, featured a combination of slick granite and brass cutouts of a Native American bust and a stagecoach.

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During wet weather, it became so slippery that when it rained, the city took to placing safety cones and caution signs around it.  To rectify the slipping issue, the city brought in a sandblasting crew. After the work was done, however, the granite began cracking and the brass cutouts popped out on hot summer days.   On Presidents’ Day, a crew jackhammered out the old seal to make way for the 3,500 pound, all-granite seal that was etched by Sun City Granite in Perris   The new seal was sandblasted with crushed garnet to give the entire surface a tacky feel that should prevent a slipping accident.  “I think it’s ‘done done,’” said City Manager Aaron Adams, fielding questions on the seal before heading into a lunch event with the mayor at the center’s conference center on Friday.

The new seal at the Temecula Civic Center's main entrance was replaced after the old seal became a slipping hazard in wet condition in Temecula, March,01, 2014.

 

The new seal at the Temecula Civic Center's main entrance was replaced after the old seal became a slipping hazard in wet condition in Temecula, March,01, 2014.

Maryann Edwards said she is happy with how the seal turned out and she personally checked out the surface by shuffling atop it to test its grip.  To create the pattern, Sun City Granite used a printer to create a stencil that was applied to the four pie wedges of granite that make up the seal. The surface was personally sandblasted by one of the co-owners of the company.

Contact Aaron Claverie at 951-368-9698 or aclaverie@pe.com.

Lake Elsinore High School adding on to Veteran’s Memorial

Teresa, Let me give you some recent history on the impact what Sun City Granite has done for the EHS community.  Every year at the beginning of the football season they meet at the memorial and talk about what real sacrifice means; people are often seen at the memorial and we hear comments how grateful they are; and one of the greatest signs of respect…to my knowledge it has never been tagged!  We are so grateful.  If the color can’t be matched, we are certainly up for suggestions as to what you think would look best.  Thanks again for all you’ve done, Stan

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Sun City Granite Veterans Memorial at Temecula’s Duck Pond Park Still engraving after 10 years

HUNNEMAN: Paving the Way to Honor our Vets
SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 BY 

 

Temecula's Veterans Memorial at Duck Pond Park  was dedicated in 2004.  (JOHN HUNNEMAN)

Temecula’s Veterans Memorial at Duck Pond Park
was dedicated in 2004.
(JOHN HUNNEMAN)

There is rarely a time when I drive past, or once in a while when I stop by, that I don’t see someone standing at the Veterans Memorial at Temecula’s Duck Pond Park.

Dedicated on Veterans Day in November 2004, the “Letter’s Home” monument includes the statue of a soldier, pausing from the battle with his rifle by his side, to write a letter to a family member, friend or loved one.

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Surrounding the statue are depictions of actual letters written home by military men and women from the battlefields of many of America’s conflicts.

Visitors usually take the time to read those letters and also look at the pathways leading to the memorial, where 1,270 engraved pavers honor veterans who have served honorably from the American Revolution until present day.

The Path of Honor was conceived by World War II U.S. Navy veteran David Micheal, who a decade ago worked tirelessly to collect the applications of the first 700 or so veterans to be honored even while he was battling cancer.

David Micheal died about six months after the monument was dedicated. His wife Barbie has carried on the work since her husband’s passing.

Each paver is engraved with the name, rank, and branch of service on the first two lines with the third line reserved for a word or two about that veteran’s service.

When the monument was dedicated in 2004, about 760 pavers were installed and filled the shorter of the two pathways.  Subsequent installations have been smaller but usually over 100 at a time because it costs the city both time and money to do the engraving and the $75 fee does not cover the entire cost.

Now the second and longer of the two pathways is about 80 percent filled.

The longer of the two Paths of Honor  is about 80 percent filled.

The longer of the two Paths of Honor
is about 80 percent filled.

Paver applications, Barbie told me recently, have slowed in recent years and currently she has only six requests for new pavers.

“The city requires me to have more, but the requests haven’t come in,” she said. “Those folks have been waiting for six months and they want to see their people honored.”

So now, with Veterans Day approaching and the longer path almost full, it would be a good time to finally honor the veterans in your family, even if that veteran has no connection to Temecula.

Applications are available at the city’s website — www.cityoftemecula.org — and more information can be obtained by calling Micheal at 951-304-3467.

House Passes Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial Act Designed by Sun City Granite

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House Passes Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial Act

Washington, D.C., Oct 29, 2013 | 0 comments

Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation introduced by Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) officially designating the Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside.

 

Following the passage of the bill, Rep. Calvert issued the following statement:

“Establishing the Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial in Riverside continues our country’s proud tradition of honoring our soldiers.  Distinguished Flying Cross recipients have received this prestigious medal for their heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving in any capacity with the U.S. Armed Forces.  The designation of the memorial at March Field Air Museum as a national memorial will ensure that these brave American heroes, their families, and all admirers of the Distinguished Flying Cross, will have a place to remember, honor, and pay tribute.  I am hopeful that the Senate will pass the Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial Act in the very near future.”

Background on the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal:

The Distinguished Flying Cross was established by the Air Corps Act enacted by Congress in 1926.  The Distinguished Flying Cross is the only medal conferred by all five military services, in all wars and campaigns from World War I to the present.

 

The most reliable statistics regarding the number of members of the Armed Forces who have been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross indicate that 126,318 members of the Armed Forces received the medal during World War II, approximately 21,000 members received the medal during the Korean conflict, and 21,647 members received the medal during the Vietnam War. Since the end of the Vietnam War, more than 203 Armed Forces members have received the medal in times of conflict.

 

LAKE ELSINORE: Veterans memorial proposed for Diamond Stadium

 

“We who build shrines and construct public altars or parade with photographs of the deceased will not allow you to write off victims as regrettable statistics…They are, I believe, the voice of the people.” –Jack Santino

Veterans Day #1: Lake Elsinore Veterans memorial proposed for Diamond Stadium

I will be sharing a series of articles from the Inland Empire-based newspaper The Press-Enterprise regarding a proposed Veterans memorial in Lake Elsinore, California and then writing a post about it in the context of spontaneous shrines.  Here is the first article from PE on October 24th:

LAKE ELSINORE: Veterans memorial proposed for Diamond Stadium

The Lake Elsinore City Council will vote on the project at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The cost is put at $46,172

STAFF WRITERBY JOHN F. HILL

johnhill@pe.com

Published: 22 October 2012 04:16 PM

A black granite memorial to military veterans has been proposed for the main entrance to the Lake Elsinore Storm’s Diamond Stadium.

The City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 23, will consider approving the memorial’s final design and $50,000 price tag. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Lake Elsinore Cultural Arts Center, 183 N. Main St.

The six-foot-tall memorial will feature a set of polished black granite pedestals set on a raised concrete circle in front of the stadium entrance. Five small pedestals will be engraved with the emblems of each branch of the armed forces, surrounding a taller, central monument with text over an American Flag.

The base of the monument, under the silhouette of a solider kneeing in front of a cross, will read: “Freedom is Never Free.”

The design was chosen by a committee of Mayor Brian Tisdale, Lake Elsinore Historical Society President Joyce Hohenadl and representatives from local veterans groups, according to a city report.

Hohenadl said the group wanted a prominent location, so they decided to put the memorial right where baseball fans walk in to buy their tickets for Storm games.

“We thought that would be the most visible place for it,” Hohenadl said.

The memorial will be built by Sun City Granite, a Perris company known for its work with the military. The engraving company produces headstones for all fallen troops buried at Riverside National Cemetery.

It also built the National Distinguished Flying Cross Memorial at March Air Force Base and the new veterans memorial in Canyon Lake, said owner Teresa Herbers.

The company, which designed the Lake Elsinore memorial, has agreed to build it for $46,172. The city has $50,000 set aside for the project in its 2012-13 budget.

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