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Honor your Lakewood veteran by sharing their story

Honor your Lakewood veteran by sharing their story

The City of Lakewood invites you to submit a story and photo of a Lakewood-connected veteran or active-duty servicemember to be featured on the Veterans History Project website, www.lakewoodveterans.org.

The information is used to create a page on the website as a permanent tribute to the military servicemembers who lived, worked or were involved in the Lakewood community from its founding through today.

"On our website, the stories of our Lakewood veterans will be shared and remembered for generations to come,” said Mayor Todd Rogers. "Each year, there are fewer chances to learn these stories, particularly of WWII-era veterans whose valuable historical insights should be heard. Reach out to veterans in your neighborhood and let them know we care and we have volunteers ready to help get their stories online."

In 2014, as part of the city’s 60th anniversary, residents submitted family photos of their military servicemembers for a special gallery to honor their role in the city’s founding. The collection is still available online at www.lakewoodcity.org/60thMilitary. The city would especially like to include the stories of these servicemembers in the Lakewood Veterans History Project website, if a family member can provide the information.

The website includes a page dedicated to “The Boys of Del Valle Park,” including the poem, a video, and the photos and personal history of the young people of early Lakewood who gave their lives during the Vietnam War. The poem’s late author, Vietnam veteran Dennis Lander, tells his story in the video featured there.

To get started, visit the Veterans History Project website at www.lakewoodveterans.org and click on the "Submit a Story" tab, or browse the stories posted there. You can also download a flyer at that page for details on the information you need to prepare, and guidelines for selecting and scanning a photo of your veteran. Flyers and worksheets are also available at the Public Information Department in city hall.

If you don't have Internet access, or need assistance, help is available. You can schedule an appointment to bring your information and photo to the Weingart Senior Center on pre-arranged dates and times. A volunteer will complete the online form for you and scan and upload the photo.

To find out about appointment dates and times or with other questions about the Veterans History Project, please call Lakewood’s Community Relations Office at 562-866-9771, extension 3123 or email CommunityRelations@lakewoodcity.org.