Valley Veterans Creating Memorial
San Lorenzo has built an All Wars Memorial. We can too! See video below:
In 2006 Castro Valley voted on Measure Q to fund parks in Castro Valley and it was narrowly defeated. If the ballot measure had passed Castro Valley would have built a new park called the "Veterans Memorial Park of Castro Valley".
The Veterans of Castro Valley have continued to work with the Hayward Area Recreation District to build a Castro Valley Veterans Memorial at the Castro Valley Park and Community Center at 18988 Lake Chabot Rd. Efforts are now being made to make the Castro Valley Veterans Memorial a reality. You can help!
Hayward Area Recreation and Park District for voting to name the new park:
Veterans Memorial Park of Castro Valley
It's a Golden Idea!
We have a wonderful opportunity to erect an honorably elegant Veterans Memorial in the 24 acre park that Hayward Area Recreation District (HARD) would like to develop between Stanton, Carlton and Sydney.
If we can pass Measure Q on the November ballot we the citizens of Castro Valley will design this park.
There can be something for everyone.
Castro Valley History
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
For the better part of the last 7 years the Castro Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9601 has been working to bring an All Wars Memorial to our community to honor those who put themselves in harms way for us all.
John McPartland is Post Commander of Castro Valley Post 9601. He has been working with the Castro Valley Library Advisory Committee in hopes that a fine memorial could be erected at the new library site.
Unfortunately the new library has had to be down sized because of the escalating cost of construction. This has all but precluded the possibility of a Veterans Memorial at the library at this time.
If measure Q passes it is proposed that the new park be Named the Castro Valley Veterans Memorial Park and that a veterans Memorial be constructed.
The 91st Division has a proud history of military service dating back to World War 1. Constituted on 5 August 1917 at Camp Lewis, Washington, the Division soon thereafter departed for England in the summer of 1918. In September 1918, the Division's first operation was in the St. Mihiel Offensive in France. Serving under the U.S. Army's V Corps, the Division fought in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive and successfully helped to destroy the German First Guard Division and continued to smash through three successive enemy lines.
Twelve days before
the end of W.W.I, the Division, as part of the VII Army Corps, helped drive
the enemy east across the Escaut River. The Division was awarded separate
campaign streamers for its active role in the Lorraine, Meuse-Argonne and
Ypres-Lys campaigns. In 1919, the 91st was deactivated at the Presidio
of San Francisco. The 91st reconstituted in 1921 as part of the Organized
Reserves. ( History of the 91ST
DIVISION IN WORLD WAR I)
John's daughter Dorothy
Cunningham was very close to her father. She believes that her father would
be very proud to have a Veterans Memorial Park on land that was his property
for so many years. Dorothy also said, that her dad loved baseball. John
passed away in 1977.
Nancy’s brother Robert Johnson Perrich, father of Carolee, Robert A. and Sonza, served in the U.S. Army during WW II. He worked on The Manhattan Project. He served with the Manhattan Engineering District as an Inspector at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He lost his eye in the line of duty in an explosion. He held the rank of T/3 (SGT).
Robert’s son Robert A. Perrich served in the U.S. Army from 1972 to 1993. As a Senior Army Aviator, major career contributions took place in the UH-60 Black Hawk Special Operations arena as a Maintenance Test Pilot. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Robert A. Perrich wrote: We live in a world over come by an event, before we can gain a perspective on the one that preceded it.
My best wishes to the fine people of Castro Valley, it's community and
political leaders, support groups and especially veterans of all services,
in making this park a reality.......On the High Ground "Play Ball". My
warmest personal regards, Bob Perrich, Greeley, Colorado.
Castro Valley VFW Honor
Guard preparing to raise Ole' Glory
in Support of Creating a Veterans Memorial Park in Castro Valley