FAIRFIELD — Air Force Master Sgt. Jude Mariano of Vallejo, Army Staff Sgt. Jerry Bonifacio Jr. of Vacaville and other Solano County military members who died while serving their country in Southwest Asia and Afghanistan may soon get their own memorial.
Solano County Veteran Services Officer Ted Puntillo told veterans at the county’s Military and Veterans Committee that his office is working with the county to put up a memorial, most probably at the same location as the county’s present memorial to all those Solano County residents who died in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
“We hope to have it up by Veterans Day in 2015,” Puntillo told veterans Thursday.
The present memorial is located in front of the old courthouse, which is currently undergoing renovation to become usable courtrooms. It previously housed Solano County government offices. The memorial itself is currently covered with plywood to protect it during the renovation work.
The work includes collecting a comprehensive list of those residents who died while serving in the War on Terror, talks with the state because that is who currently owns the land the where the memorial is located, and figuring out how much the addition to the memorial will cost.
Once those issues are dealt with, Puntillo said that fundraising will start.
Solano County has lost at least eight residents in the war since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the related downing of a hijacked passenger jet in rural Pennsylvania.
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