In April of this year, Mark Spedding, VAL-4 Personnel Specialist, conceived the idea to create a VAL-4 Memorial Plaque to be displayed on the Mount Soledad National Veterans Memorial in La Jolla, California. He asked me to reach out to the Black Ponies to see if we supported the idea and if anybody had any suggestions for what the plaque would look like.
Suggestions and donations were received from many which led to the final design (above). Funding from the following Black Ponies made the plaque's creation and presentation on Saturday September 25, 2021 possible.
|Jim Arthur||George Asbell||Tom Bailey||Jack Conroy|
|Glenn Ewing||Jim Falls||Bill Grant||Ross Hanover|
|Don Hawkins||Georgie (Jeff) Johnson||Mike Lamberto||Tom May|
|Mark McGregor||Alan Meszaros||Jim Montgomery||Ray Morris|
|Bob Peetz||Terry Phillips||Mike Quinlan||Marvin Reine|
|Gary Rezeau||Bill Robertson||Dan Sheehan||Jack Sibert|
|Mark Spedding||(Fritz) Janet Staton||Dave Stockley||Tom Struble|
|Carl Taylor||John Westerman||Mike Wolfe||Randy Wyatt|
Mark Spedding (Left) and Kit Lavell (Right) present the plaque
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Black Pony Attendees - L to R: Mark Spedding, Kit Lavell, Ed Bastarache, Marvin Reine, Jack Conroy, Bill Robertson, Steve Chappel, Graham Forsyth, Chris Shemet, Ross Hanover, and Tom Bailey
Mark Byars was the backseater in 155474 for the flyby
MEMORIAL HISTORY: The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial was conceived in 1952 by American Legion Post 275 of La Jolla, California to honor war veterans of the Korean War. That same year, working closely with the American Legion Post, the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association was incorporated, and on April 18, 1954, the Association dedicated a 27-foot cross at the apex of Soledad Natural Park in La Jolla in honor of U.S. servicemen who had died during the two world wars and the Korean conflict. In 2000, the Association expanded the Memorial with the addition of six curved walls that featured black granite plaques etched with the faces and stories of individual veterans who served in times of war in the five branches of the military - Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Air Force - as well Merchant Marines during World War II. In 2012, five additional walls were added and the mission of the Memorial expanded again to include all veterans from all branches of service.
(Source: LinkedIn - Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial Organization Strategic Statement)
is located at:
6905 La Jolla Scenic Dr S, La Jolla, CA 92037