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Filipino WWII Veterans Memorial Unveiling (Read 6913 times)
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Filipino WWII Veterans Memorial Unveiling
Nov 13th, 2006, 2:48pm
 
Here is a link to some photos taken at the parade and unveiling of the memorial:

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Filipino World War II Veterans Memorial
a new public art work by
Cheri Gaulke

Veterans Day, Sat., Nov. 11, 2006, 9:30 am
Lake Street Park in Historic Filipinotown
227 N. Lake Street, Los Angeles
(1 block west of Alvarado and 1 block north of Beverly Blvd.)

Project Description: The project memorializes the brave men of the Philippines who fought side-by-side with American soldiers during WWII, and commemorates the fight to gain recognition from the US government as war veterans in the service to the United States. Five large black granite monoliths rise from the ground and two granite benches allow viewers to sit in meditation before them. Engraved onto the face of the monoliths are photographs and text that succinctly tell the story of these veterans' many sacrifices for the United States. Included in the images is a map of the Philippines denoting significant sites. Key words are etched in English and Tagalog in the memorial.

     In 1990, a federal law was passed awarding citizenship to Filipinos who had fought on the side of the US in WWII. The legislation, however, did not consider veteran's benefits. In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Fall of Bataan, President George W. Bush and the US Congress are being asked to support new legislation that would extend full and equitable benefits to the veterans. This memorial makes a statement of support for these efforts.

The memorial was commissioned by City Council President Eric Garcetti and is made possible by a Community Development Block Grant provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Community Development Department of the City of Los Angeles and the Neimann Properties Arts Development Fee commitment through the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of LA.

Art Consultant: Lesley Elwood and Associates

Project Manager: Joseph Bernardo, CD13

Additional Support: Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA), Dept. of Recreation and Parks, Dept. of Cultural Affairs, City Council District 13, City of Los Angeles.

 
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Cheri Gaulke
home/studio: 2407 Lake View Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90039
323 662-3940
cgaulke@adelphia.net
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