Space is getting scarce in the All Wars Memorial, located in Danville's Oak Hill Park.
A "living memorial" dedicated to service members past and present, hundreds of paver stones host the names of men and women who returned from war as well as families, friends and loved ones who experienced the impacts of war indirectly.
"There are over 1,000 pavers engraved in the ground now, and there are only 1,123 pavers in total," said John Reese, an organizer of VietNam Veterans of the Diablo Valley and the memorial. "We're almost running out."
Approximately 800 veterans are listed on the memorial's 200-yard path of granite blocks, and Reese said that he waits until he receives 20 requests for pavers before sending an engraver to the site. Many requests for stones come in after holidays or events at Oak Hill Park, he added.
The All Wars Memorial Foundation and town of Danville are discussing what to do when all paver stones have been claimed.
"Our idea is to demolition the sidewalk below the first panel you walk up to, and I believe we can go down four to five more panels," Reese said. "We could have four to five additional panels and get 49 pavers in each panel."
In the meantime, the Foundation is working with a former Monte Vista High School student and Eagle Scout to develop a database of names listed on the memorial. Carl Bergsten's database would list each veteran's biography and photograph with the goal of bringing Blue and Gold Star families together.
Families will also be able to access the database to add information and photos about each veteran and, possibly, connect with others with whom their loved ones served.
The memorial site was dedicated by the town in 1996 and features a number of art pieces, including a bronze statue of two figures -- one wounded and the other helping that figure reach the healing space through an area of wild flowers and grasses.
A stone wall along the memorial pathway contains bronze liberty panels with depictions of important historical people and events associated with various battles from the American Revolution to the current War on Terror.
Paver stones cost $250 for an individual stone and group rates vary. For more information on the All Wars Memorial, click here.