City, veterans organizations leaders join in groundbreaking for new Pioneer Cemetery memorial

Memorial dedication planned for Nov. 12 to coincide with Veterans Day

City and civic leaders joined veterans' organizations Monday to break ground on a $300,000 memorial at the top of the hill in Pioneer Cemetery.

The veterans' community is contributing to the cost of the memorial, which will be marked by flags representing all the military organizations of the country.

Buddy Loggins, commander of Pleasanton's American Legion Post 237, was joined by Mayor Jerry Thorne,at the rostrum to talk about the memorial.

Pioneer Cemetery is the resting place of more than 500 veterans dating back to the Civil War. The addition of a Veterans Memorial will create a year-round location where the public can pay its respects and homage to the heroes who served.

Veterans are still seeking donations toward their goal of just over $300,000. To date, they have raised more than $244,000 from a variety of donors, but continue to seek support.

Those interested in contributing may sign on to for more information.

The official grand opening of the Veterans Memorial will be held Nov. 12 to coincide with Veterans Day.


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Parkside
on Jun 28, 2016 at 4:10 pm

I am very proud of our city and all involved in bringing this memorial to life. We OWE EVERYTHING we have today to the men and women that have served this country. God bless them.

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Posted by James
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 29, 2016 at 3:50 pm

can we bring the south side of the pioneer cemetery into the 21st century by adding a sprinkler system? I'm sure that greener grass would be much more appealing to the pioneers than the existing dirt and weeds. Besides, that's now the only part of the cemetery where us modern day folk can bury their loved ones, and its disrespectful to leave it looking like some kind of wild west prairie field.

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