WEED, Calif. — Early this month, organizers behind the long-planned Siskiyou County Fallen Heroes Memorial quietly held a ground-breaking ceremony at the Weed rest area along I-5.
Though the ceremony happened on April 6, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office put out a statement about the event on Monday.
The project has been around for some time — with work beginning in at least spring of 2017, and the idea conceived more than a decade earlier, in 2004. The original idea came from former County Supervisor Bill Hoy, and has since become the task for a committee of community leaders.
At the head of the Memorial committee is Bob Singleton, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps who fought at the battle of Khe Sanh in Vietnam.
"We are close to reaching our goal of fully financing this project, but we need help from our citizens to make this memorial a reality during 2020," Singleton said. "This ground-breaking ceremony was a major step in achieving our goals of building this memorial this year. We are now working on a goal to complete this project around Veteran’s Day 2020."
In its latest iteration, the Siskiyou County Fallen Heroes Memorial is set for construction near the Weed Airport, just north of the rest area on I-5 northbound. It's intended to honor local members of the military, law enforcement, and fire services who have fallen in the line of duty.
Accoring to Singleton, the project includes the installation of marble slabs, flag poles, and two helicopters — representing law enforcement and the military — that will flank a retired Cal Fire tanker that's already at the location.
At the ground-breaking earlier this month were representatives from Cal Fire, the Sheriff's Office, and other members of the Memorial committee. According to the Sheriff's Office, the project has support from the County Board of Supervisors, the county administrator and several department heads, Caltrans, and California Highway Patrol.
Anyone who wants to donate toward the worthy project can contact Bob Singleton at (530) 598-6042, or send donations to the SCFHMP, P.O. Box 1662, Yreka, CA 96097.