“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Danville in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Veterans Memorial Building

Veterans Memorial Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 2, 2016
1. Veterans Memorial Building Marker
Inscription.  In 1919, Congress established the national charter for the American Legion to honor veterans of the Great War. Contra Costa administered a California bond issued to build veteran's memorial halls in each town with an American Legion Post.
Joseph Bispo charter member American Legion Hall Post relocated his craftsman homes to enable building the classic style American Legion Post on 3 parcels. The new veterans building, designed by James Narbett, built by Dinnie Construction ($18,000), and inspected by E.A. Root, was "Dedicate to those who served" on April 2, 1925.
Beginning in 1929, the veterans opened the building to all veterans organizations as well as to the community, including the public library, Chamber of Commerce, court proceedings, polling place, monthly dances, scouts, and service clubs. In 1978, a Community Block Grant enabled renovations to welcome the Danville Senior Citizen's Club.
In 2008, the county transferred the building in trust to enable a partnership between the Town of Danville and the Veterans Memorial Building Development Committee of San Ramon Valley. Designed by Architectural Resources Group,
Veterans Memorial Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 2, 2016
2. Veterans Memorial Building and Marker
Inc. and built by Zovich Construction Co., the $8.4 million project restored the historic classical front while doubling the building space, enabling a Veterans Library, expanded auditorium, and senior wing. The new building continues to house American Legion Post 246, VFW Post 75, and Viet Nam Veterans of Diablo Valley and welcomes Marine Corps League Detachment 942, the Military Order of the World Wars, and supporting military auxiliary organizations to honor veterans for their service and sacrifice.
Erected by San Ramon Valley Historical Society.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsWar, World I.
Location. 37° 49.302′ N, 121° 59.975′ W. Marker is in Danville, California, in Contra Costa County. Memorial is on East Prospect Avenue near Hartz Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 East Prospect Ave, Danville CA 94526, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Danville Hotel Territory (within shouting distance of this marker); Close Family Property (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); San Ramon Branch Line (about 400 feet away); Danville Grammar School (about 700 feet away); The Grange and Fraternal Hall (1874)
Battlefield Cross image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 2, 2016
3. Battlefield Cross
When a serviceman or woman is lost in the battlefield, it has become customary to arrange their boots, rifle and helmet in the configuration you see before you. The surviving members of their squad will gather around this 'Battlefield Cross' to memorialize their fallen comrades.
(about 700 feet away); San Ramon Union High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); A.J. Young House (approx. one mile away); Alamo Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
More about this marker. The address of the Veterans Memorial Building is 400 Hartz Avenue, but the marker is located on the East Prospect side of the building.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 7, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 242 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 7, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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