Cerritos Veterans Memorial
at the Cerritos Civic Center
Updated December 23, 2009
The City of Cerritos proudly dedicates the new Cerritos Veterans Memorial in honor of those who have defended our nation’s freedom by serving in the United States Armed Forces. The City thanks the many people of the community, including the members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Cerritos-Artesia Post #1846, for their valuable contributions to the memorial’s development.
Designed by sculptor James T. Russell, the Cerritos Veterans Memorial consists of a highly polished stainless steel sculpture rising from a 20-foot circular black granite reflecting pool surrounded by five podiums. The podiums are emblazoned with a three-dimensional gold star on the front façade, with the military seal from each branch of the United States Armed Forces placed at the top of the podiums. Russell was chosen to create the memorial as his timeless design features an uplifting expression of spirit and shows respect, honor and dignity to veterans.
In addition, the memorial includes a plaque in recognition and appreciation of the United States Merchant Marine recognized by the United States Congress for their military-related service and valiant support of the United States Armed Forces during World War II in active ocean-going service from December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946. The memorial also includes a plaque in recognition and appreciation of 32 special groups recognized by the United States Congress for their military-related service and valiant support of the United States Armed Forces during World War I and World War II.
In addition to developing the memorial, Veterans from Cerritos are encouraged to submit their information for presentation on the website. The City thanks the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Cerritos-Artesia Post #1846 for its assistance with gathering and reviewing material for the website.