The City of Lakewood created the Veterans History Project website last year as a follow-up to the commemorative brick installation at Veterans Memorial Plaza in Del Valle Park.
The website, www.lakewoodveterans.org, includes profile pages of Lakewood-connected veterans and active-duty military service members, including those whose names appear on the commemorative bricks at the Veterans Memorial Plaza.
Each profile includes a photo, military service history and a brief personal story about the veteran’s experience.
“On our website, which you can access from a computer at home or a smart phone while you’re at the memorial, the stories of our Lakewood veterans will be told for generations to come,” Mayor Diane DuBois said.
Commemorative veterans’ bricks are still available for purchase and are installed annually just prior to Memorial Day. Information on ordering a brick can be found on the website or at the Public Works counter at Lakewood City Hall.
The public is invited to complete a short online form with details about their Lakewood-connected veteran’s service, a brief narrative and a photo. A web page will then be created on the website for each veteran’s story so visitors to the memorial can learn about the veterans honored there.
To get started, visit the Veterans History Project website at www.lakewoodveterans.org and click on the “Submit a Story” tab. From there, complete the online form and upload a photo, or download a flyer and worksheet to help gather the information needed. Flyers and worksheets are also available at the Public Information Department in city hall.
Users without Internet access, or those in need of assistance, can schedule an appointment to bring in the information and photo to the Weingart Senior Center on pre-arranged dates and times. A volunteer will complete the online form and assist in scanning and uploading the photo.
To find out about appointment dates and times or to inquire further about the Veterans History Project, please call Lakewood’s Community Relations Office at 562-866-9771, extension 3123.