The Memorial will have five, red granite, squared columns that surround a blue granite base upon which the American Flag will fly. Each of the representative columns will bear the insignias of the five branches of the United States military; Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. At the head of the monument will be a white marble “Victory Eagle” to remind us of the monument that once stood in Oakley.
Post WWI, the Victory Highway (aka Lincoln Highway) was constructed from New York to San Francisco to honor those who served in the war. The route today from Sacramento to San Francisco follows what is now CA 160, CA 4, I-680, and CA 24 into Oakland. Bronze Eagle Monuments were planned for each county line across the nation; however, only seven came to be erected along the highway system. The monument which is representative of the veterans defending our nation depicts a female bald eagle on her aerie protecting her to eaglets. Oakley’s memorial was dedicated on May 31, 1926 at the intersection of Bridgehead Road and Main Street near the Contra Costa and Sacramento county line.
In 1976, work began on a new steel Antioch bridge that opened in December 1978. The construction included a new off ramp and design for the Bridgehead Road intersection. During this road construction the monument was relocated to the entrance of the Contra Costa County Fair grounds in Antioch. Attempts were made to have the monument returned to Oakley and they failed. So, what’s next? We start to work on a new Veterans Memorial.
Become a part of it! Consider memorializing your Veteran or groups who have extended themselves meritoriously for the community; in doing so, you’ll make the Memorial a special site for you, while also making this project possible.
Bricks are available for $125 each and allow for the engraving of three lines and fifteen characters total. Benches are also available at the cost of $3,000.
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