Veterans History Project wants your stories
The City of Lakewood invites you to submit stories and a photo of your Lakewood-connected veteran or active duty service member to be featured on the Veterans History Project website, www.lakewoodveterans.org.
A website page will then be created for each veteran's story so visitors to the Veterans Memorial Plaza at Del Valle Park can learn about the veterans honored there.
"On our website, which you can access from a computer or even a smartphone while you’re at the memorial, the stories of our Lakewood veterans will be shared and remembered for generations to come,” said Mayor Steve Croft.
The website's purpose is to show a photo, military service history and personal story about Lakewood-connected veterans and active-duty service members, including those whose names appear on the nearly 2,000 commemorative bricks located at Lakewood’s Veterans Memorial Plaza.
The site 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.