Earlier this year the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission in the city of Napa heard a presentation from Napa High School senior Alyssa De Benedetti about a project she has been passionately working on.
Alyssa proposed that the city council resolve to create and install a monument in Veterans Memorial Park that will recognize soldiers from the county that have lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq. Click here to read the report.
Alyssa formed the Veterans Memorial Committee of Napa Valley as part of her senior project and has partnered with local veterans groups and members of the community to assist her. The memorial will consist of a permanent sculpture and plaque which will hold information about the soldiers being recognized as well as the meaning of the structure.
Each individual soldier will be linked to a smart phone application that visitors can open on site to get more detailed information about their lives. The committee has worked with City staff to determine appropriate locations in the park. Although placement has not been determined, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission voted unanimously to approve the memorial as it was proposed.
The memorial is estimated to cost $10,000 and will be funded by donations and fundraising through the Veterans Memorial Committee of Napa Valley.