Weeks after the Santa Monica City Council approved design plans for a commemorative wall to be built at Woodlawn Cemetery to honor those with Santa Monica roots who lost their lives while on serving in the military active duty during a conflict, City Hall announced more than 90 people have already been identified to be incorporated on the memorial.
However, City Hall still hopes to find more names to include on the commemorative wall, which could be erected Memorial Day at Woodlawn Cemetery.
City staff said they are actively seeking anybody who may be missing from the list developed to date.
Santa Monica residents and members of the public are invited to review the names already collected to help City Hall determine the list’s completeness.
The list of names is organized by conflict; it can be viewed on Woodlawn Cemetery’s website at smgov.net/Departments/Cemetery. Once there, click on the commemorative wall link.
In November, the council unanimously approved plans to erect seven concrete panels at Woodlawn Cemetery to honor local natives who gave their lives to defend the United States in battle since the late nineteenth century.
Each of the concrete panels would be dedicated to a specific war.
In a statement released by City Hall, Council member Bob Holbrook was quoted as saying: “It would be nice to commemorate these people so that when Memorial Day services are held, people can remember those who were lost, husbands, sons and daughters of Santa Monica.”
Funds still need to be raised to complete the seven commemorative walls. A fundraising campaign launched Memorial Day 2013.
According to City Hall, the commemorative walls, as currently designed, would cost $16,358. City Hall also reported more than $12,000 has been contributed or pledged to date.
Memorial Day 2014, the target date to unveil the completed commemorative wall, is May 26.
Woodlawn Cemetery is located at the corner of 14th Street and Pico Boulevard.