On May 18, 2013 the City of Anaheim along with the Veterans Working Group dedicated the Veterans Memorial Plaque which pays special recognition to all veterans and raised a burial flag honoring Anaheim Veteran, Navy Radioman Second Class Robert Bentley Nelson. Nelson served in the US Navy during WWII, where he was a radioman on the battleship USS Pennsylvania, the flagship of the U.S. Fleet. Nelson served at Pearl Harbor when the U.S. was attacked on December 7, 1941 and went on to serve on the battleships USS West Virginia and USS Maryland. He earned five medals/awards during the course of his service, which included the Asiatic-Pacific Area 3 Stars, Philippine Liberation 2 Stars, American Defense 1 Star, Victory Medal World War II, and the Good Conduct Medal 1 Star. For photos from the May 18, 2013 event, please click on the photo gallery.
Veterans Memorial Plaque
The cast bronze plaque is dedicated to all the men and women who have valiantly served in the Armed Forces and pays special recognition to the burial flag of a veteran flying above.
From the family of a fallen hero, this burial flag represents the commitment and sacrifices made by an American hero. In honor of their heroism, the City of Anaheim dedicates this memorial to all the men and women who have valiantly served the United States of American with honor, courage and dignity.
As a final tribute by the family of a departed veteran, the Anaheim Veterans Working Group recommended flying burial flags at the Veterans Memorial. Flying the burial flag represents the commitment and sacrifices made by an American hero and in honor of their heroism, fellow veterans from the Anaheim American Legion Post 72 are proudly raising and lowering the burial flags of Anaheim veterans with dignity and respect. The burial flag will remain at the Veterans Memorial for a two week duration at which time the American Legion will lower the burial flag and raise an all purpose American flag in honor of the departed veteran. The flag will remain raised in honor of the veteran for a six month duration. After the six month duration, the Veterans Working Group will select a new honoree and the American Legion will raise the burial flag honoring the departed veteran.
The Anaheim Veterans Working Group invites residents to nominate a veteran to be honored at the Veterans Memorial, residents may submit names of departed veterans by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (714) 765-5162.