Plans for a Veterans Memorial at City Hall in Fresno

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Veterans from all branches of the military are now being honored for giving the ultimate sacrifice. 

District 6 council member, Garry Bredefeld, partnered with fellow council member Esmeralda Soria, and Mayor Lee Brand to come up with a blueprint of what the proposed Veteran’s Memorial will look like. 

“There is nothing we don’t enjoy as a freedom that doesn’t come from the sacrifices of every person who has put on that uniform.”

Mayor Brand says when Bredefeld asked him about this monument he was instantly on board. 

“I thought, this was perfect you know,” says Brand. “An opportunity to fill a place right in front of City Hall, the symbol of local government here, to honor our Veterans.”

Since the blueprint is done, the next step is proposing this memorial at next week’s city council meeting. Mayor Brand says the plan should pass unanimously. 

“I think this should pass on a 7-0 vote,” says Brand. “Everybody is going to be there and inspired by our veterans and I think it’s a good message for the city that we appreciate our veterans.”

Veterans were at the presser and spoke about the emotional impact this memorial would have on them.

Michael Harris is an Army Guard Veteran who attended the presser. He says this memorial will help inspire future generations to serve. 

“This will give cause for the newer younger generations to kind of reflect back and say, hey wow look what that man did for our country,” says Harris. 

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