Our veterans have done their part. These brave men and women warrant our thanks for serving to protect our freedom, so let’s show our appreciation for the sacrifices they have made on our behalf.

As we prepare to construct the Miller Park Amphitheater Veterans Memorial Wall, you still have an opportunity to be a part of honoring the veterans in your life.

Many years ago, I had extra time before a meeting in Washington D.C. and decided to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. It was not until standing in front of it that I felt the magnitude of the contribution so many people made to keep our country safe. The wall includes more than 58,000 names of those who fought in Vietnam and lost their lives or were missing in action. I give thanks to their sacrifices so that myself and all of you could enjoy our freedoms.

Through the Miller Park Veterans Memorial, we aim to recognize all those who have served and are currently serving in our Armed Forces. These men and women deserve to be honored every day of the year. That’s why I’m asking you to join Fontana’s veterans organizations, those who have already donated and myself by donating to this great project.

I would like to thank our top sponsor, Stratham Homes, which contributed $350,000 toward ensuring the Veterans Wall is constructed. I personally will be a Platinum Sponsor along with Sen. Jim Brulte, Inland Empire Foundation, and Fontana Water Company. We are joined by the Gold Sponsors: Mayor Pro Tem Jesse Armendarez, Councilmember John Roberts, Burrtec Waste Industries, Cucamonga Valley Water District, Firefighters Local 935 Lewis Operating, and the Weiner Family.

Below are the sponsor levels available until Friday, March 15. Each sponsor will have their name etched on the granite sponsor wall.

Top Sponsors: $25,000+

Platinum: $10,000

Gold: $5,000

Silver: $2,500

Bronze: $1,000

You can also choose to recognize a veteran with an engraved brick. We currently have 2,000 bricks available for $150 each, and I know many of you wish to honor a specific family member or friend. The brick will include the honoree’s name, rank, branch and the years of service or a personal message. We will offer this opportunity until all the bricks are purchased.

To contribute to this memorial or to purchase an engraved brick for $150, visit www.fontana.org/veteransmemorial and download the “Veteran Monument Donation Form.”

So, to my One Fontana family, we need your assistance ensuring that this project is fully-funded, constructed and maintained for future generations. I believe we owe it to those who have and continue to provide us all the ability to thrive safely in our great United States of America.

(Acquanetta Warren is the mayor of Fontana.)

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