Though it's just burnt-orange bricks and meticulously made waterfalls from afar, the monument up close is the visualization of the struggles and victories of those who live and those who died for this country.
The quad at Saddleback College was standing-room only Thursday – over 500 people strong – for the dedication of that monument, the college's Veterans Memorial, a football-shaped sculpture 14 feet high and 90 feet long highlighted by water features and life-size silhouettes of a soldier in full gear.
•14 feet tall by 90 feet long
•Made with 27 tons of clay
•A special mold was designed for the square-within-a-square style bricks
•The interior structure of the kiln was salted to give the bricks multiple shades of color
The official unveiling of the $400,000 sculpture, designed by Saddleback art professor Richard White and ceramicist Fred Olsen, was attended by representatives for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger , lawmakers, active and former members of the armed services and college students and staff.
A flag donated by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 785, which was flown over Washington, D.C., and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, was raised over the monument during the dedication. That flag will have a permanent home in the college's Student Center.
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