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WWI Memorial at Memorial Park, Grass ValleyWorld War I Centennial Memorial Project For Memorial Park

On Tuesday December 5th , Scott Mikal-Heine, the Career Technical Education Coordinator (CTE) for the Nevada Joint Union High School District, Mike Hauser CTE NUHSD advisor and Legion member and myself met at Memorial Park.

The purpose of this meeting was to discuss a design competition involving students in the district’s high schools for the World War I Centennial Memorial project for Memorial Park Grass Valley. I envision the reward being a scholarship award for the first second and third place design submissions.
The purpose behind asking students to design the Centennial Memorial is to instill a sense of pride a nd ownership in the memorial area at Memorial Park and the civilian members of our community and young adults.

No matter what we veterans do to reclaim Memorial Park from the criminal element that has moved in and taken over the barbecue and picnic area, we cannot occupy that Park enough to discourage the criminal element without the help from the community.

With just shy of 700 non-profit organizations in Nevada County, it is our hope that we will be able to raise funds and award a first-place scholarship of $3,000, a second place scholarship of $2,000 and a third-place scholarship of $1,000. This is in addition to raising funds to pay for the Centennial Memorial project itself.
A follow-up meeting is scheduled for Tuesday the 12th of December with Scott, teachers from the high school district, Architects David Wright and Tony Rosas as well as Nevada County Consolidated Veteran Council members and the Grass Valley City Manager Tim Kiser. The meeting will provide for additional site Recon and discussion of the scope of this endeavor.

The intent is to have design submitted to the Nevada County Consolidated Veteran Council for a vote at the council meeting in March with groundbreaking happening in June of 2018. The project will finish prior to the end of the summer and an official dedication ceremony on November 11th 2018, the 100 year anniversary of the Armistice of World War I will occur.

Six instructors from the High School District, Grass Valley’s City Manager Tim Keiser, District CTE coordinator Scott Heine, Architects David Wright and Tony Rosas, Gary from the Marine Corps. League, Will Buck, Jon from KNCO and myself met again on December 12th.

Some wonderful, wonderful ideas came out of the groups discussions and we have some visions to improve the whole Memorial section of the park. Maybe a formal entry way to the memorial gardens, signage to show the locations and explain the meaning and history of the monuments, landscaping, innovative use of the current trees as they age and are lost and possibly moving a refurbished Navy memorial big clock.
NUHS District instructors were absolutely enthused about getting the kids involved as well as other non profits. Tim said the City was 100% on board and will help with an overall plan for continued improvements and additional content to honor our Veterans of all eras.

Will and Scott will manage the process for a final plan.

Great job Will....

Story by Will Buck with Update by Mike Hauser • Photos by Mike Hauser

Reprinted with permission: January 2018 Newsletter of Frank Gallino Post 130 of the American Legion


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