Applications are now available to reserve an inscription on the memorial wall of the new Ocean Beach Veterans Plaza. There is space for a total of 2,100 inscriptions and all will have the same format.
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Ocean Beach Veterans Plaza, located at the corner of Newport Avenue and Abbott Street, where Newport meets the beach, was constructed in 1997 as a memorial to honor those that have served and are still serving in the armed forces. Over time, the plaza has become worn down due to the corrosive nature of salt air and a high amount of foot traffic. This memorial is currently in disrepair with many of the inscriptions, including a Medal of Honor recipient, being so worn down that they have become illegible. The Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation (OBCDC) was awarded a grant from the County Board of Supervisors and the Office of Ron Roberts to start on a design to redevelop this important area of Ocean Beach. This is a collaborative project between OBCDC, OBMA, OB Planning Board, OB Historical Society, and the OB Community Foundation – all of these organizations have been presented the design at public meetings and voiced support for this project. The OB Town Council and the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association have both donated $10,000 each to the project.
Parameters for Name Inscription
All names of veterans will be verified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for accuracy/service dates. The memorial wall inscriptions will have a uniform look designed to symbolize the camaraderie of service. Inscriptions will be limited to a total of 2 lines with 21 characters allowed on line one and 28 on line two. •
First Line: Veteran’s Rank and Name
Second Line: Branch of Service & Dates of Service
Medals and citations for valor in combat will be noted by military symbols etched next to the name Order and
Priority of Names Accepted
The new Veterans Plaza will be a landmark for Ocean Beach, San Diego and the entire nation. The OBCDC sets out to honor veterans that have a connection to this great city and from across the country. Applications for inscriptions will be accepted for the following areas based on applicant’s home address until May 30, 2016.
1. Ocean Beach and Point Loma ONLY (92107 and 92106) starting at the OB Street Fair, June 27, 2015
2. San Diego County ONLY starting January 1, 2016
3. All US Veterans starting March 1, 2016
Priority for name inscriptions is in the following order:
1. All names from the original Veterans Plaza
2. Medal of Honor recipients from across the country
3. Geographical location of applicant submitting form as stated above
4. Applicants who pay the one-time maintenance donation of $250 for plaza upkeep
5. KIA/MIA based on order/priority set above
6. Combat veterans based on order/priority set above
7. All other veterans
*Exclusion of any veterans dishonorably discharged will be on a case-by-case basis*
A one-time maintenance donation of $250 will be charged upon application submittal to be used solely for plaza upkeep. Refund of the donation will be processed if veteran’s name is not inscribed on the memorial wall.
Mailing of Form
Forms will be accepted by mail with included $250 maintenance donation check. Please mail to: Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation P.O. Box 7787 San Diego, CA 92167 Please make checks payable to: Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation Thank you for applying to have a veteran’s name inscribed on the Veterans Plaza. A confirmation email will be sent to confirm your request. Your donation of $250 for the maintenance of Veterans Plaza is tax deductible with Tax ID # 33-0583777.
Please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the project. Feel free to join the OBCDC every second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center for our public meetings. The form can also be found online at www.obcdc.org.