Orange Memorial Park - Eternal Flame Memorial Sculpture
In 1967, a contest was held under the supervision of the city employee and WWII veteran, Roy Ghilardi. Working along with Roy was Mayor Patrick Ahern, and Anthony Valencia, Post 4105 Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. A $50 award would be given for the best suggestion for the design and a $25 award for the best text for the inscription. The inscription would be placed on the monument as a statement of declaration and acknowledgement of the contributions made by citizens of our community to their country while serving in the armed forces.
On November 11, 1969, Mayor Frank Bertucelli dedicated the memorial at
City Hall to all veterans of South San Francisco, those serving and
those who will serve. Roy Ghilardi represented American Legion Post 355,
and Anthony Valencia represented VFW Post 4105. Chuck Thompson was
awarded a $50 savings bond for designing the memorial and Colette
Agresti received a $25 savings bond for writing the words on the
The memorial had its home on the City Hall grounds
until 1984 when it was relocated to Orange Memorial Park. On November
14, 1984, another ceremony took place for its dedication. Congressman
Thomas Lantos, Mrs. Lantos and civic leaders attended the Veterans Day
ceremony for the rededication of the Eternal Flame Memorial.
South San Francisco citizens are very proud of the men and women who are
serving our country. The names of all who have died for our country are
listed opposite the Eternal Flame Memorial on the monument containing
the flag that flies over the Veterans Section of Orange Memorial Park.