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The George A. Ingalls Veterans Memorial Plaza sits within the George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center and has approximately 2 acres dedicated to honor its veteran heroes. The Memorial features a 70 foot flag pole surrounded by a “Circle of Honor” recognizing its current and past veterans and the various military armed services. Included is “Lest We Forget” Columns of distinction honoring those local soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice while in service. The memorial pays honor to George A. Ingalls, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient (posthumously). The glorious facility has an amphitheater and seat walls to seat guests for special military services and those who visit to reflect and pay tribute.
George A. Ingalls was a Norco resident who died in Vietnam on April 16, 1967 and posthumously received the Congressional Medal of Honor. Army Specialist Ingalls threw himself onto a grenade to save the lives of his squad members. His gallantry and selfless devotion to his comrades were in keeping with the highest tradition of the military service and the United States Army. As a youth, George was involved with local sports, attending Norco Junior High, and Corona High School. Ingalls was also the president of the youth group at the Community Church of Norco. George Ingalls had a sense of loyalty not only to his sports teams, but to his family, his church, his community and his country. Because of his dedication and supreme sacrifice, the City of Norco has named its largest park in his honor, George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center.
The Veterans Memorial Executive Committee was established in 2013 by the Norco City Council. The Committee is responsible for policy, veteran designation and research, fundraising and capital development. The George A. Ingalls Veterans Memorial Plaza is the first monument in Norco to honor veterans of all wars, by name, in one place. Regardless of one's rank, branch of service or generation of conflict, giving your life for your country is the highest price that can be paid. The mission of the Executive Committee embraces the goal of making sure that our veterans "Shall Not Be Forgotten".
Ongoing maintenance, facility improvements and special events along with brick purchase subsidies are achieved through generous donations. We welcome any contributions which preserve the legacies of the names on this memorial for generations to come. Together, we can bring the stories and sacrifices of American heroes to life, and ensure they will never be forgotten. Information is available for memorial brick purchases or donations; please see Sponsorship Opportunities section for more details.
Visit this page frequently for information on operating hours and special military occasions. Thank you for your support!
The Veterans Memorial Executive Committee is able to offer financial aid to Veterans or families of Veterans who need assistance paying for a Veterans Memorial Brick. These funds will be distributed to the Veteran or Veteran’s family to help offset costs for Veterans who otherwise may be excluded from participating.
To apply for assistance, view the George A. Ingalls Veterans Memorial Brick Assistance Program.
George A. Ingalls
Veterans Memorial Plaza
Located at 3737 Crestview Drive
Norco, CA 92860
(Please enter through Gate 5)
Hours of Operation:
Daily from 10 a.m.-dusk
Information: (951) 270-5632
Upcoming Special Events:
GEORGE INGALLS DAY
Monday, April 16, 2018
Video produced by Jean Philippe Stuart
Interviews by Alan Aymie
Music courtesy of Andrew McCluskey / Music2Work2.com