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Placentia makes more room to honor its vets and active-duty military

Placentia celebrated Veterans Day with the unveiling of an expansion to its memorial honoring the military service and sacrifice of those who have lived or been educated in town.

The $20,000 expansion to the monument in the Civic Center plaza not only added more room for names to be etched in the black granite stones, but it also allowed for those previously listed on the back to be moved to where they are now facing front.

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“We kind of wanted to make a statement: None of our honorees deserved to be on the back side of the monument,” said Capt. Brad Butts, the Police Department’s liaison to the city’s Veterans Advisory Committee.

Now six large stones form a semi-circle around the existing monument – four of the stones are about half full with names and two remain blank.

“We can go 50 years on our new monument and not run out of space,” Butts said. “It looks beautiful.”

The expansion to the monument – originally installed in 1994 – was paid for through donations.

Six new honorees were added for this year’s Veterans Day ceremony.

The city also unveiled eight new banners that will join the 19 that are posted on light poles along Kraemer Boulevard.

The banner recognition program is a year old and is open to nomination of active-duty members who live in Placentia or have an immediate family member who lives in town, such as a parent or grandparent.

Find out more about submitting names for the banner program or monument at placentia.org.


Source: Orange County Register

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