Soldier's Memorial Monument Virtual Program
Thursday, May 20 at 11:30 am
In celebration of Memorial Day the Museum of the San Ramon Valley's Third Thursday Program is proud to present John Mercurio from the Contra Costa Historical Society. Mr. Mercurio will be giving a presentation on the Pleasant Hill Soldiers Memorial.
Driving through Pleasant Hill it is hard to miss the Soldiers Memorial, standing 45 feet in height and weighing 45 tons. Oh yes it is also almost in the middle of Monument Boulevard. Its story begins with Contra Costa County Sheriff Richard Veal who was thankful that his son had returned safely from the Great War, WW1. Many others Contra Costa County residents were not so lucky. So, using his prominent position in the county he set out to raise funds to erect a memorial to those that died. The result of his efforts is the Soldier’s Monument in Pleasant Hill. The story of how it was built, how it arrived at its present location, and some controversies that have arose around it make for a truly interesting and entertaining story.
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