Moved by the sacrifice of Marine Captain Matthew Manoukian, Mayor Rich Larsen has proposed finding "an appropriate memorial" to Manoukian and others who have lost their lives in service to our country.
During a special meeting of the Town Council on Thursday, Larsen said he, city manager Carl Cahill and council member John Radford attended the Aug. 18 funeral at St. Francis High School for Capt. Manoukian. Manoukian was killed on Aug. 10 in Afghanistan.
When resident Sgt. William Sigua was killed in Iraq in January 2007, the town's community relations committee worked with the family to find a fitting memorial. A proposal to name one of the town's Little League fields at Purissima Park was approved in May 2007. Another proposal at the time to place the names of the town's fallen on a bronze plaque set in a stone underneath the heritage oak at Town Hall was never acted upon.
Council members favored the plaque, by which they could add at least two other names of the fallen to the list, including a Hills resident who had died in the Vietnam War.
Mayor Larsen said he would contact the Manoukian family to get their input.