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Yamaguchi Park and Veterans Memorial Bridge to be dedicated on Veterans Day

As part of local Veterans Day celebrations, the Town of Pagosa Springs will dedicate two recent capital improvement projects honoring local military heroes.

Wednesday, Nov. 11, local officials and veterans will gather at the newly-erected Town Park pedestrian bridge to officially dedicate the structure as the “Veterans Memorial Bridge” in honor of all area veterans who have served our country. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the bridge.

Last weekend, members of American Legion Post 108 and town staff installed a plaque on the bridge recognizing all branches of the military and those residents of Archuleta County who served.

Following the bridge dedication, town officials will move to Yamaguchi Park for the unveiling of a sign being installed in the park honoring four brothers decorated for valor during World War II.

The ceremony, scheduled for noon at the flagpole on the west end of the park, will officially dedicate the park as “Yamaguchi Park” and will mark the unveiling of a sign honoring the accomplishments of Ernest, Fred, George and Ralph Yamaguchi.

Not just war heroes, the brothers (all residents of Pagosa Springs) were known throughout the area for philanthropic endeavors and assistance to less fortunate members of the community.

Town council voted to approve naming the park in honor of the brothers after a suggestion by Pagosa Springs Mayor Ross Aragon last spring. Council approved naming the Town Park pedestrian bridge after a request was made by American Legion Post 108 last summer.

jim@pagosasun.com