The La Verne Veterans Memorial Committee has set a deadline for the community to purchase pavers to honor veterans in advance of the planned Memorial Day dedication ceremony.
Granite pavers purchased by Feb. 28 will be inscribed and installed at the memorial site, on the southwest corner of Bonita Avenue and Magnolia Street, said Bill Aguirre, Community Services director for the city of La Verne. The memorial will feature flags from each branch of the military, a rose garden, a seating area and a granite obelisk.
"We will continue to take paver requests, but the end of February is the deadline to have it down and inscribed before the dedication," which will be May 27, Aguirre said.
The price for the pavers, which come in three sizes and ranges from $75 to $200, covers the cost of the stone and helps defray some of the cost of the installation as well as the memorial.
"The total cost of the memorial is $150,000 and the pavers were used as a fundraiser to offset some of the costs," Aguirre said. "(In November) we dedicated the flagpoles and the benches, so this dedication (in May) will be for the obelisk and the pavers.
"The memorial will be completed at that time."
The solid granite obelisk will be inscribed with 25 names of La Verne residents who died in combat from World War II to the war in Afghanistan.
Pavers can recognize any veteran, whether or not they were a resident of La Verne. Plans for future installations of pavers have not been announced.
For more information, go to www.laverneveterans.org or call 909-596-8700.