Monica will finally have a memorial dedicated to the residents who fought in
wars on behalf of the United States since the City’s incorporation.
described as a “Peace Memorial” by Council member Kevin McKeown, the
commemorative wall will be erected at Woodlawn Cemetery, Mortuary, and
Mausoleum. The council unanimously approved the memorial Feb. 12.
memorial will be located in front of the mausoleum entrance and is expected to
cost between $7,500 and $15,000. City Hall plans to conduct a fund raising
campaign in order to fund the memorial’s construction.
to research conducted by City Hall, at least 97 Santa Monica residents fought
and died in war since incorporation.
options of the peace memorial will be officially unveiled at the annual
Memorial Day remembrance at Woodlawn Cemetery. This year’s event, scheduled for
March 27, marks the 75th anniversary of the remembrance. City staff said the symbolic
event “provides the occasion to launch an effort for such a memorial on the
cemetery grounds” and would “garner support for the project.”
memorial’s design would be “a respectful and elegant wall,” according to City
suggested that the commemoration could be a simple wall or a plaque that
included these initial 97 names with room for additional names that might be
identified through additional research,” City staff added.
staff pointed out the budget for the current fiscal year did not include a line
item to fund this project. Even more, the budgets through 2015 would not be
able to accommodate financing for this project.
Cemetery fund has significantly reduced its reliance on the General Fund this
year, but it is still anticipating the need for some General Fund subsidy,”
City staff stated. “The funds for this project would be collected through a
recommended by City staff, the peace memorial would be located at “the small
lawn area directly adjacent to the primary entrance to the Mausoleum facing
Pico Boulevard … west of the front door of the Mausoleum building and is
located at the end of the southernmost entrance.”
area would be appropriate for a small scale commemoration situated on a wall
enhancing the decorative nature of the building and the existing stained-glass
window providing additional presence,” City staff stated. “Placement of a
commemoration wall here would decrease the size of the area and decrease the
number of available plots to be sold depending on the final design. The commemoration wall would increase the
value of the area, which is expected to offset the financial impact of having
fewer plots to sell.”
staff recommended this space for the memorial due to high visibility and easy
accessibility by the public.
ahead, City staff is expected to develop design concepts and refine cost
estimates. Veteran groups will be invited to provide input and garner
support for the project. The project should return to council with design
concepts and financial estimates prior to May 27.
letter to council members, Jack Walter committed $1,000 to the fundraising
campaign and requested City Hall match that amount. According to City staff, an
anonymous donor reportedly committed another $1,000.
Pam O’Connor and Mayor Pro Tem Terry O’Day were both absent from the memorial’s
discussion and vote; Council member Gleam Davis served as chair.
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