LANCASTER — The William J. “Pete” Knight Veterans Home of California-Lancaster has its monument sign, just in time in for Veterans Day and the facility’s 10th anniversary.
The 60-bed residential care facility at the corner of Avenue I and 30th Street West opened on Nov. 20, 2009.
A resident of the home asked for a sign about two years ago when the entire City Council served brunch to the home’s residents during a special “Serving Those Who Served” veterans breakfast.
The resident approached the City Council regarding their need for an eye-catching sign to enhance the home’s curb appeal and increase community awareness by making it more noticeable to passersby.
“Our community is very proud of our local veterans who have so tirelessly served this country. They stand as an inspiring example of courage, selflessness, and fortitude to future generations,” Mayor R. Rex Parris said in a statement. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to commemorate their importance to our community through providing this monument sign.”
The city paid for all required permits in addition to the engineering, by Antelope Valley Engineering, and construction fees. Palmdale-based Signs & Designs built and installed the sign. They completed construction last month. The synthetic stucco monument sign stands six feet, two inches tall and 15 feet wide. It cost an estimated $18,000 to $19,000.
“The installation of this monument sign is a visible demonstration of our appreciation for our local veterans and our gratitude for their service,” Councilmember Ken Mann said in a statement. “We hope every resident of the William J. ‘Pete’ Knight Veterans Home senses the respect and admiration that the City Council and our community has for them.”
“The Mayor and City Council have been very generous in donating the Monument Sign to the William J. “Pete” Knight Veterans Home. The residents and staff are grateful to be the recipients of this generosity,” said Veterans Home Administrator Dr. Elvie Ancheta said in a statement. “The corner sign makes us more recognizable to the members of our community as a whole as they drive by. Our veterans are most proud of their home. The corner sign is a beautiful testament of the community’s support for our precious veterans, who are national treasures.”