OAKLEY -- Residents soon can get their first look at a sculpture the city commissioned for the veterans memorial that will be going in downtown.

An eagle hewed from white granite will be on display from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 11 at Civic Center Park, 3231 Main St.

The public can meet sculptor Scott Luken, who will be on hand to apply finishing touches to the monument's centerpiece.

The eagle is a facsimile of a bronze sculpture commemorating the troops that fought in World War I; that original piece of art stood in Oakley until 1976, when it was moved to Antioch's fairgrounds.

Visitors will be able to take home small pieces of the granite used to make the eagle.

The rest of the monument will be built sometime between now and Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

The memorial, which will be installed at Main Street and Norcross Lane, will comprise five square columns in red granite that each bear the insignia of one of the branches of the military.

They will surround a granite base on which a U.S. flag will be mounted.

The estimated price tag for the project is $70,000, excluding foundation work, electrical wiring and landscaping.

To defray its costs, the city is accepting contributions: Individuals wanting to help can donate $125 to have a brick embedded in the memorial; businesses may support the endeavor with sponsorships starting at $1,000.


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For more information, contact Nancy Marquez-Suarez at 925-625-7007 or marquez@ci.oakley.ca.us.