An item from a fellow veterans organizations in the Bay Area.
Our 75th Anniversary series has highlighted the initial reason for founding Marines’ Memorial– to stand as a Living Memorial to the men and women who have served our great Country. We have seen many meaningful exhibits over the past 75 years, and our Tribute Memorial Wall is one of the most moving. This past month, more than ever, has reminded us all of the sacrifices our military service members make each and every day.
To uphold our critical mission to Educate, Commemorate, and Serve, in March of 2006, the Board of Directors approved the construction of the “Tribute Memorial Wall” at the Marines’ Memorial Club to pay proper tribute to those warriors lost in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, a project inspired by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC.
On May 27, 2006, shortly after the creation of our Gold Star Parents program, the once simple lobby waiting area on the 10th Floor Mezzanine (10M) at 609 Sutter Street transformed to the most poignant element of our Living Memorial. Since its dedication, the Tribute Memorial Wall has been updated each year to include the names of the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives starting in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and continuing through Operation Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel. By the end of 2021, each and every name lost in those Operations will be etched in marble, including the 13 souls tragically lost at the end of last month.
The Tribute Memorial Wall continues to stand to commemorate their lives at the Club during our annual Gold Star Parents Honor and Remembrance Event and each day in between.
We invite you to pay tribute to these men and women next time you are at the Club by visiting 10M. Here you can honor the names emboldened on the black bricks…each brick holding the name of someone who deserves to be remembered.