U. S. Air Force Memorial Project
Northern California Veterans Cemetery – Support Board
P.O. Box 177, Redding, CA 96099-0177
Phone: (530) 347-9276
Air Force Memorial Planning Committee – www.usafmemorial.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:
April 18, 2013 Peter Stiglich, Colonel, USAF Retired, 530-347-9276
Bob Dunlap, CMSgt, USAF Retired, 530-225-5616
AIR FORCE MEMORIAL PLANNED FOR VETERANS CEMETERY
DONATION DRIVE THRU SCHEDULED
Redding, CA – Five new memorials will be incrementally added to the hallowed grounds of the Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo, California, one memorial for each of the five military services. The first is the Air Force Memorial – “Into the Wild Blue Yonder” – which is planned for 2013/2014.
We are inviting the community to join us in raising funds for the memorial by dropping off donations on Tuesday, May 21, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm, at two locations: Mt. Shasta Mall (corner of Hilltop Drive and Dana Drive) and in front of the Shasta County Veterans Hall (1605 Yuba Street). Every dollar raised will help us achieve our goal of $250,000. “Since 2011, planning has been underway and we are now ready to proceed with some serious fundraising to get this project off the ground,” said Bob Dunlap, CMSgt, USAF Retired, and Shasta County Veteran Service Officer.
We are creating a shrine to our Veterans, both living and dead, where people can come to appreciate the history, sacrifice and military contributions of the countless veterans who have served our country so unselfishly.
Peter (Pete) Stiglich, Colonel, USAF Retired, comments, “We are thrilled that local veterans are sharing their expertise on this project. The memorial was created by local artist and Vietnam combat veteran, Gideon Carl Turner III, and fabrication will be accomplished by Vietnam veteran and owner of Eagle Iron Works, Steve Trammell and his son, Khay.”
If you are unable to participate in the drive thru, donations can be made at our website www.usafmemorial.org. Engraved pavers are available for a donation that will be used to create the pad upon which the memorial will be placed. A High Flight Club is also available for individuals, groups and corporations. Donations can be mailed to NCVSB, P.O. Box 177, Redding, CA 96099-0177. Please make checks payable to NCVCSB – AF Memorial. If you’d prefer to make personal contact, please call Pete Stiglich at (530) 347-9276 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 14-foot tall bronze and aluminum memorial, a symbol of the Air Force’s history and mission, is titled “Into the Wild Blue Yonder”. When constructed, it will include bronze globe 6-foot in diameter resting atop a 3-foot high pyramid with an 8-foot square base. Encircling the globe and thrusting 6 to 8-feet upward will be an aluminum contrail or aircraft path ending in a deltoid-shaped aerospace vehicle.
Each side of the pyramid base will feature a different inscription including a memorial dedication, an explanation of the memorial’s symbolism, lyrics to the
Air Force song and the evolution of the Air Force.
The globe depicts the earth and its continents. Four talons of a falcon, the Air Force mascot, hold a protective grasp over the United States. The talons then morph into a single contrail encircling the globe to represent the global reach and mission of the Air Force. Completing its elliptical course, the contrail then soars skyward and departs the bounds of earth as a deltoid shape enters the heavens.
The Northern California Veterans Cemetery Support Board operates under the umbrella of the Northern California Veterans Support Group (“NCVSG”), a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
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