Veterans History Project
When Lakewood was founded as a city in 1954, many of its original residents were veterans and their families. The city’s appreciation for military duty in service to our country was strong then, and has continued to be strong in every generation since.
When the city renovated and expanded its Veterans Memorial Plaza in 2015 at Del Valle Park, commemorative bricks were laid around the memorial so that veterans with a connection to Lakewood could be remembered and honored.
To accompany the bricks and the memorial, the city created the online Veterans History Project at www.lakewoodveterans.org
On the website, you'll see profile pages of Lakewood-connected veterans and active-duty military service members, including those whose names appear on the commemorative bricks at the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Del Valle Park. The site also includes a section on the 'Boys of Del Valle Park.'
The public is invited to complete a form with the details about their Lakewood-connected veteran's service and submit a picture.
A veteran is not required to have a brick installed at Veterans Memorial Plaza to be featured on the website.
Submissions may be made for all veterans, including active duty, as long as they have a tie to Lakewood, California.