Placer County Client: Public Works and Facilities, District Attorney’s Office
Size: 36-foot compass, 8-foot tall bronze statue
For the first phase of this WWII memorial, Placer County created a 36-foot wide concrete compass and framed an open space to the south with two large granite boulders that represent the struggles U.S. soldiers’ endured coming out of the Vosges Mountains in France during the war. One boulder includes and inlaid bronze plaque with a dedication message from the Board of Supervisors and the other boulder has a bronze plaque that describes the history of 442nd Regimental Combat Team. The project also includes a flag pole, lighting and landscape installed in the center round-about. To honor the 442nd, Placer County also has named a roadway at the Santucci Center “Go for Broke Road” to commemorate the unit’s motto.
The second phase of the project consisted of an eight-foot-tall bronze sculpture which depicts a scene from one of the 442nd’s most famous battles. The project also included two additional granite boulders inscribed with the names of every Placer County resident that were members of the 442nd. Two donor benches and individual engraved brick pavers were also installed.