Lakewood in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Boys of Del Valle Park
and rode it to the sky.
Our minds would soar for hours and hours,
we're never gonna die.
With pitch and yaw, dives and rolls,
we'd blast bad guys to heaven.
We'd crash and burn and walk away,
heck, we're only seven.
But jets give way to bats and balls,
to hoop and football too.
"We've got great potential," they'd say,
"The rest is up to you."
How quick time travels from innocent days,
of running in the sun.
'till the day your daddy tells you,
"It's your duty son."
"Be strong, be tough, and be a man,"
I'd listen to them say
"but wait a minute everyone,
I thought it was only play."
And so it goes we're back today,
with no mournful song to sing.
That same great jet above us now,
shades us with its wings.
Together again but now we rest,
a brass plaque is our home,
but we're not complaining, we're quite
content, to lie here all alone.
So moms and dads bring the kids on by
and read a name or two;
remember that these precious
sure think the world of you.
Tell them the truth about us,
don't shirk, don't squirm, don't lie
and tell them that the toys boys play with
could someday make men die.
And think of us if not out loud,
but when it's quiet and dark
after all we're your kids you know,
the boys of Del Valle Park.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: War, Korean • War, Vietnam • War, World I • War, World II.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 33° 50.477′ N, 118° 6.965′ W. Marker was in Lakewood, California, in Los Angeles County. Memorial was on Woodruff Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 4553 Woodruff Avenue, Lakewood CA 90713, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Ranchos Los Alamitos - Los Cerritos - Los Coyotes (approx. 1.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); Douglas Park (approx. 1.7 miles away); Bellflower Pacific Electric Train Depot (approx. 3.1 miles away); Cerritos Air Disaster Memorial (approx. 3.3 miles away); This Big Saw Los Alamitos Sugar Company and Town's Founding (approx. 3˝ miles away); St. Isidore Historical Plaza (approx. 3.7 miles away).
Regarding The Boys of Del Valle Park. Douglas F3D-2 "Skynight" (No: 127039)
Also see . . . Two bronze plaques at Del Valle Park airplane are stolen. In a horrible and disrespectful act, two of the five plaques at the Del Valle Veterans Memorial were stolen on June 29, presumably by thieves seeking money from recycling their bronze material. (Submitted on July 4, 2013, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 10, 2013, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 1,207 times since then and 101 times this year. Last updated on July 4, 2013, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 10, 2013, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.