Freedom Garden & Veteran Brick Program

Marking the south entrance to Liberty Community Plaza from Telegraph Road is Veterans Freedom Garden, by artist Susan Nardui. Freedom Garden is a communal space to gather, reflect and honor our nation's Veterans. 

 

Key elements include a dedication wall reading "Here, we honor those who have served our nation" above the bronze medallions, each bearing the seal of a U.S. military branch. There are spaces for memorial red poppies to be placed and a shelf for anyone who would like to place pictures or memorabilia. All memorabilia will be collected and placed in a time capsule. 

 

 

The garden design includes a grove of Ginko trees that mark the passage of time with each season. New leaves appearing on the bare branches are meant to suggest a sense of renewal and hope.  The rose garden donated and maintained by Rose Hills Park & Mortuary is a symbol of remembrance and draws birds and butterflies to the site. Throughout the garden, branches with highly polished surfaces capture the reflection of the surroundings. 

 

 

The path the artist calls the "Walk of Honor" is inscribed with the names of over 300 local individuals who have served our nation's armed forces. These bricks will be a lasting tribute to the men and women who have defended this country during times of war and peace. 

How to apply for a Veteran Brick in Freedom Garden

  1. Bricks are available to Veterans who are no longer serving and live in Whittier

    Applicants who are still serving in the military can apply for a Military Banner instead
  2.  Download the application HERE,

    If you do not have access to a printer, please pick one up at Liberty Plaza's Guest Services during our business hours
  3. Fill out the application COMPLETELY

  4. Include the Veteran's proof of residency and proof of service

    Proof of residency could be a license or electricity bill
  5. Proof of Service could be any official documents presented by the county, country or branch
  6. Please white-out any sensitive information, copies of documentation will be taken​​​​​​