Donations helping veterans groups fund Pioneer Cemetery memorial

Weiss couple contributes $100,000, Harringtons pledge $40,000

The Pleasanton Veterans Memorial Committee has raised nearly $250,000 of the needed $390,000 to complete the veterans memorial now under construction at the city-owned Pioneer Cemetery.

The memorial, featuring monoliths, flag poles, a large granite platform and a bronze sculpture of a kneeling soldier,will be dedicated Saturday, Nov. 12, which is Veterans Day weekend.

Contributions from Pleasanton residents, service organizations and the business community have raised nearly $250,000 of the needed $390,000 to complete the memorial.

Local residents Bob and Marilyn Weiss stepped to the plate well before plans for the memorial were finalized and approved by the city of Pleasanton with donations totaling $100,000.

Gary and Nancy Harrington, who have donated public art to Pleasanton, followed with a pledge of $40,000 in matching funds toward the construction of the memorial.

Veteran and memorial campaign leader Doug Miller said the donors have been named "Early Visionaries" for their role in the project.

"Without the support of both families, this project would not currently be under construction," Miller said.

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