Date(s) – 05/20/2021
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
The history and story of the Soldiers Memorial in Pleasant Hill, a free virtual presentation from the Museum of the San Ramon Valley.
In celebration of Memorial Day the Museum of the San Ramon Valley’s Third Thursday Program is proud to present John Mercurio from the Contra Costa Historical Society. Mr. Mercurio will be giving a presentation on the Pleasant Hill Soldiers Memorial. This free virtual presentation will be on Thursday May 20,2021 at 11:30.
Driving through Pleasant Hill it is hard to miss the Soldiers Memorial, standing 45 feet in height and weighing 45 tons. Oh yes it is also almost in the middle of Monument Boulevard. Its story begins with Contra Costa County Sheriff Richard Veal who was thankful that his son had returned safely from the Great War, WW1. Many other Contra Costa County residents were not so lucky. So, using his prominent position in the county he set out to raise funds to erect a memorial to those who died. The result of his efforts is the Soldier’s Monument in Pleasant Hill. The story of how it was built, how it arrived at its present location, and some controversies that have arisen around it make for a truly interesting and entertaining story.
To attend this free online presentation please visit our website at museumsrv.org and go to the Events section or call 925 837-3750.
The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is located at 205 Railroad Ave Danville CA 94526. The museum is now open. Please check our website or call for days and times.