Star of Honor

Our sons and daughters, fathers and mothers...

Our sons and daughters have always risen to the occasion by leaving the peace and tranquility of the Sonoma Valley to defend our freedom. The citizens of our local community have served on the battlefields of all our country's wars and conflicts, from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Many of them never returned. Excerpts from the letters they wrote home perhaps best reflect the strong love for those left behind and for the country they so bravely served. The words also vividly describe the horror and the human sacrifice of war, and the powerful bonds created among diverse people serving together under extreme conditions.

Personal Stories

...are our Legacy.    THEY SHOULD BE REMEMBERED.

Emotional, heartfelt words like these, and the names of the many brave local veterans who wrote them, should never be forgotten. Our freedom and the quality of life we enjoy today would not be possible without their sacrifice.

We are keeping their memory alive with the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park and Cemetery, designed by Robert Behrens, located north of Historic Sonoma Plaza and adjacent to the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Hall building.

The centerpiece is the “Star of Honor”, a black granite fountain inscribed with the names of all Sonoma Valley veterans from the American Revolution to the year 2076.