Honor your Lakewood veteran by sharing their story
The City of Lakewood invites you to submit a story and photo of a Lakewood-connected veteran or active-duty servicemember to be featured on the Veterans History Project website, www.lakewoodveterans.org.
"It's more important than ever to honor our brave men and women, across all generations, who have given so much to the country they love," said Mayor Todd Rogers. "One lasting way to show our respect and appreciation is to share their stories so they can be remembered for many years to come."
The website's purpose is to show a photo, military service history and personal story about Lakewood-connected veterans and active-duty servicemembers, including those whose names appear on the nearly 2,000 commemorative bricks located at Lakewood's Veterans Memorial Plaza.A brick purchase is not required to be included on the website.
Visitors to the Veterans Memorial Plaza at Del Valle Park can learn about the heroes whose names are engraved in the bricks installed there, right from their smartphone.
"Each year at our Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Plaza, we ask veterans of every era to stand up and also be recognized," said Rogers. "Each year, there are fewer chances to learn these stories, particularly of WWII-era veterans whose valuable historical insights should be heard. Reach out to veterans in your neighborhood and let them know we care and we have volunteers ready to help get their stories online."
The website includes a page dedicated to “The Boys of Del Valle Park,” including the poem, a video, and the photos and personal history of the young people of early Lakewood who gave their lives during the Vietnam War. The poem’s late author, Vietnam veteran Dennis Lander, tells his story in the video featured there.
To get started, visit the Veterans History Project website at www.lakewoodveterans.org and click on the "Submit a Story" tab, or browse the stories posted there. You can also download a flyer at that page for details on the information you need to prepare, and guidelines for selecting and scanning a photo of your veteran. Flyers and worksheets are also available at the Public Information Department in city hall.
If you don't have Internet access, or need assistance, help is available. You can schedule an appointment to bring your information and photo to the Weingart Senior Center on pre-arranged dates and times. A volunteer will complete the online form for you and scan and upload the photo.
To find out about appointment dates and times or with other questions about the Veterans History Project, please call Lakewood’s Community Relations Office at 562-866-9771, extension 3123 or email CommunityRelations@lakewoodcity.org.