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Veterans Closer to Completing Two Strike War Memorial Wall

Fundraising efforts had a major boost from the Home Depot Foundation, presented by Assemblyman Mike Gatto to foothill war veterans.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto presented a $5,000 donation from The Home Depot Foundation to restoring the veteran war memorial wall.  

The call to action started in 2006, when Army Spc. Nicholas Steinbacher was killed in Iraq. 

After Steinbacher's death, Veterans of Foreign War Post 1614 and American Legion 288 members wanted a location in town to recognize all the locals in the La Crescenta and Montrose area who were killed in action, said Mike Baldwin, who was recently named . 

"We want to pay respect to those who died," Baldwin said. 

The $5,000 donation from the Home Depot Foundation and an additional donation of $1,500 in cinder block materials are expected to help rebuild the current structure.  

"With this money we'll be able to give the names of all the people who've given their lives in the Crescenta Valley," said Warren Spayth, Commander Veterans of Foreign War Post 1614. 

Family members and community leaders from the Crescenta Valley Town Council came to support the announcement from Gatto. 

"We're really proud of this community, which stepped up and helped us. Our wives, our sons, our daughters, they're all proud of this place," said Ken Jury, Commander of American Legion Post 288. 

The veterans hope to remember the fallen by next year, on Memorial Day.

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