The granite has arrived.

The granite for a new marker at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park has arrived from Georgia and Porterville Monuments Works has begun work on the new marker.

“A very rough guess would be that the Memorial is installed by mid-February,” City of Porterville Parks and Leisure Services Director Donnie Moore said about the new marker.

The current marker was vandalized in October with gang-related graffiti covering the names of those from the Porterville area who died in the Vietnam War. Porterville Police arrested a 15-year-old Terra Bella suspect after it investigated.

The current marker has been refurbished as new letters of the names of those from the Porterville area who died in the Vietnam War was painted. Moore said City Public Works Director Mike Knight deserved the credit for leading the effort to refurbish the marker.

The marker was refurbished in time for a dedication ceremony that was held on Veterans Day weekend for the helicopter which was also refurbished by personnel from the Lemoore Naval Air Station in an effort led by Porterville Police.

Porterville Monument Works is now working on the new marker, including the letters for the names. Buzz Stephen of Porterville Monument Works charged the city an extremely reasonable price of $2,133.99 for the new marker.

Moore said funds the city has for one-time purchases will be used to pay for the new marker. But added the city is also working on restitution for the cost of the marker and also said individuals have come forward offering donations to the city and American Legions Post 20, which helps maintain the memorial.

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