Military service will be honored and enshrined at the “Point of Honor” this weekend.
An official dedication ceremony for the Del Norte County Veterans Memorial Monument, the “Point of Honor,” is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13. The monument is located at the corner of Front Street and Highway 101 in Crescent City.
Kelly Schellong is the public relations representative and fundraising chairwoman for the Del Norte County Veterans Memorial Monument Committee, which began its work in 2007 and achieved nonprofit status in 2016.
Schellong served on the City Council in 2007 when the land for the memorial monument was granted to the project by city officials.
She stepped down from the council in 2014, the same year her son enlisted in the Army. He’s serving in Germany. Schellong chose to dedicate her free time to fundraising and event planning.
The initial price tag for the monument was $500,000. A redesign brought the project cost to about $175,000.
The dedication ceremony will feature Democratic State Sen. Mike McGuire, a representative from Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman’s office, the commander of Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay, city and county officials, and a special surprise guest.
Nearly every dollar for it came through fundraising and donations. Schellong said significant donations and assistance came from the local Ace Hardware store and Home Depot, among other big players.
A wall dedicated to Del Norte County’s fallen was added to the project.
Nearly 50 names appear on the wall, including Army National Guard Capt. Bruno de Solenni, who served four tours in Afghanistan and was killed on his last deployment at age 32.