“Into the Wild Blue Yonder”
The US Air Force Monument is the first of five service monuments to be built at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery. It is intended to honor the sacrifice and dedication of all Air Force airmen. It will also be the first Air Force monument to be placed at a California state-run veterans’ cemetery.
The monument, titled "Into the Wild Blue Yonder", will be a place of reflection for families and visitors to the cemetery. It has been fully approved by the California Department of Veterans Affairs and will be placed along a newly designated monument walkway that will honor veterans of all eras and all branches of service.
The stunning monument structure, constructed of aluminum, will depict the globe with an aircraft and contrail circling the earth and flying high "into the wild blue yonder". Its reflective surface will be reminiscent of the silver sheen of Air Force aircraft throughout history and will reflect the serenity and beauty of the cemetery grounds.
The monument was created by local Redding artist and Vietnam combat veteran, Gideon Carl Turner III. Fabrication will be accomplished by Vietnam veteran and owner of Eagle Iron Works, Steve Trammell and his son, Khay, of Anderson, CA.
What we need now is to kick-start donations to keep monument construction moving! No donation is too small. We are just grateful for the generosity of our donors near and far.
We invite the community to honor their loved ones with a customizable paver brick that will be laid at the base of the monument for generations to come or simply make a donation.