|Castro Valley Salutes Its Veterans||| Print ||
|Wednesday, 14 November 2012 13:52|
PHOTO BY ROBERT SOUZA
By Robert Souza
CASTRO VALLEY FORUM
Old Glory was proudly raised Sunday morning in Castro Valley’s Community Park as over a thousand members of the community, including many veterans and elected officials, gathered for a dedication of the Castro Valley Veterans Memorial.
The event was the culmination of years of work, spearheaded by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9601.
“It’s unbelievable to see all this come together,” said an emotional Jim Uhlik of the VFW, one of the countless volunteers and veterans who worked with officials from Alameda County and the Hayward Area Recreation District to get the memorial built.
“The memorial has so much meaning to so many and is something that Castro Valley will be proud of for years to come,” Uhlik said.
The site, on Lake Chabot Road, is a permanent tribute to the military men and women in all branches of the service.
Sunday’s ceremony featured patriotic music from the Castro Valley Community Band, a fly-over by an impressive C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft and a Huey helicopter that flew the stars and stripes above the ceremony.
Surrounded by members of the Municipal Advisory Council, and officials from the school and sanitary districts, Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley cut the ribbon for the newly refurbished Castro Valley Boulevard Saturday.