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Brea War Memorial

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The Brea War Memorial is a project 93 years overdue. On October 16, 1918, Private Homer T. Pumphrey was killed in action while in France during World War I. He was the first of about fifteen Brea residents we have identified thus far that have been killed while defending our country. We will finally have a memorial to honor them and properly recognize their sacrifice.   In 2006, the Brea City Council approved the construction of the War Memorial but had to wait for the proper funding. That finally came in the form of a $400,000 donation from Chevron as part of their La Florista development that is currently under construction. The memorial project is now in full swing, with the dedication anticipated for Memorial Day 2012. A national Call for Artists, Architects and Landscape Architects was conducted in early 2011 along with a citywide outreach to the Brea community to glean the community’s perspective on what the Brea War Memorial should epitomize.   After an exhaustive selection process the War Memorial committee made their recommendation to the council. It was unanimous: Los Angeles architect/artist Susan Narduli of Narduli Studios was the winner. Narduli's design will transform the front of the civic center along Birch St, creating a new city landmark. Strikingly lighted at night, the design includes a dedication wall, military service medallions, flags of service, a prominent American flag, a magnolia tree garden, a monument of remembrance, a walk of honor and benches for reflection.   Breans that paid the ultimate price for our freedom are finally going to be honored for the heroes they are and never forgotten again.   For more information and to see slides of the proposed memorial, please visit the city’s website at and type “War Memorial” in the search box.   Don Schweitzer Memorial Founder
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