EL DORADO COUNTY VETERANSMonument & Alliance
Honors and Assists those veterans who have served the Cause of Freedom.
The El Dorado County Veterans Monument honors and remembers those who have served the cause of freedom. To access an online directory of memorials at the Veterans Monument, CLICK HERE.
El Dorado County Veterans Alliance, also known as The Friends of the Veterans Monument (FVM), is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization comprised of veterans of the United States Armed Forces and their family members. The El Dorado County Veterans Alliance honors and assists those veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have served the Cause of Freedom.
The El Dorado County Veterans Alliance is designated by County Ordinance #4743 as the sole veterans’ organization to manage programs and improvements at the El Dorado County Veterans Monument. The Alliance conducts ceremonies at the Memorial honoring veterans on both Memorial Day and Veterans Day. If you would like to participate in planning these events and overseeing improvements to the Veterans Monument, email: [email protected].
Our work assisting veterans and their families extends far beyond the Veterans Monument. Every year, we raise funds for direct aid to El Dorado County veterans, including college aid not otherwise funded by the GI Bill, scholarships, PTS counseling, hospice for veterans at the end of their lives, assistance to homeless veterans, food aid and other assistance.
County allocations, combined with private donations, help maintain, refresh seasonal flowers, replace flags, conduct ceremonies and improve the Veterans Monument.
HIGH WINDS FLAG ADVISORY
VETERANS MONUMENT MAP KEY
A – Online Directory Boulder
B – Entrance Plaza – Section 1 and Benches
C – Honor Walk South – Sections 34 – 39
D – Flower Urn
E – Honor Walk South – Sections 30 – 33
F – Honor Circle South – Section 29
G – Honor Walk South -Section 28
H – Bench
I – South Flag Plaza Benches
J – South Flag Poles
K – East Honor Wall Arc – Sections XVII – XVIII (Future Sections 21 – 27)
L – West Honor Wall Arc – Sections XV – XVI (Future Sections 14 – 20)
M – Honor Wall
N – North Flag Poles
O – North Flag Plaza Benches
P – POW/MIA Bench
Q – Honor Walk North – Section 13
R – Honor Circle North – Section 12
S – Honor Walk North – Sections 8 – 11
T – Eagle Column
U – Honor Walk North – Sections 2 – 7
V – Veerkamp Tree
W – Vietnam and 21st Century Benches
X – North Walkway Benches (Future Welcome Home Statuary)
Monday, May 29, 2023
Memorial Day Ceremony
Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023
Veteran's Day Ceremony
- Welcome Home Statuary
- Veterans Day
- Memorial Day
- Salute to Valor
- Nisei Veterans Fund
- CAPT Paul Jacobs Fund
- Josh Tasabia Fund
WELCOME HOME STATUARY
Welcome Home is life-sized bronze statuary that will portray a joyous return from duty for two El Dorado County members of the U.S. Armed Forces. It is the welcome that every service member looks forward to receiving upon returning home from duty.
Standing is a life-sized bronze male figure dressed in early 2000s fatigues similar to those worn by the U.S. Army, Air Force, Space Force and Coast Guard. Kneeling is a bronze female figure dressed in fatigues similar to those worn by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Rating and warfare patches are obscured intentionally, so that the figures can represent anyone.
Running joyously toward them is a bronze Labrador retriever, symbolic of the joy that family and friends have over the return of their service man or woman from duty. It also represents the welcome that some service members never got, but which through the statuary will never end.
The statuary was conceived by the El Dorado County Veterans Alliance and was designed by famed sculptor of military themes and figures, Rip Caswell. It is planned to be placed on the lawn to the left of the entrance walkway at the El Dorado County Veterans Monument (“W” on the map key). It will be the first personification of the veteran experience at the EDC Veterans Monument.
To contribute to the effort to fund creation of the statuary, CLICK HERE. All donations are tax deductible.
For more about the statuary, email [email protected].
Each Veterans Day (November 11) at 1100 hrs, ceremonies are held at the El Dorado County Veterans Monument in Placerville (360 Fair Lane). The ceremonies honor the service of all veterans and include a fly over by WWII Warbirds, color guard ceremony, parade of flags by veterans organizations and youth groups, speeches by public officials, patriotic music, presentation of Veterans of the Year and Veterans Service and Support awards, wreath presentation, a three-volley rifle salute, taps and a piper playing Amazing Grace.
Each Memorial Day (last Monday in May) at 1100 hrs, ceremonies are held at the El Dorado County Veterans Monument in Placerville (360 Fair Lane). The ceremonies honor those who died in the service of their country and include a fly over by WWII Warbirds, color guard ceremony, parade of flags by veterans organizations and youth groups, speeches by public officials, patriotic music, presentation of Veterans Monument Scholarships to children of veterans, wreath presentation, a three-volley rifle salute, taps and a piper playing Amazing Grace.
SALUTE TO VALOR
Each autumn, Snowline Hospice Thrift Stores honor veterans by holding a "True Up" sale in which the difference between the sale price and rounding up to the next dollar is donated to help El Dorado County veterans. Called "Salute to Valor" the sale raises funds to help vets study at local colleges and trade schools, provide chaplaincy services to veterans in law enforcement, and otherwise help veterans in need.
CAPT PAUL JACOBS FUND
Honoring El Dorado County's CAPT Paul Jacobs, USN who rescued 32,000 Vietnamese sailors and refugees from death and imprisonment in the final moments of the Vietnam War (considered to be the greatest humanitarian event in US Navy history), this fund provides help to members of the crew of CAPT Jacobs' ship, USS Kirk (FF 1087), and their families, so that what they did rescuing the defenseless is never forgotten.