The Contra Costa Blue Star Moms Chapter 20 High School Memorial Project is near completion. The project’s goal is to place a granite memorial at each local high school in Contra Costa County. The memorials honors the names of former students who died in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring freedom.
To date nine schools have the dedicated memorials in place.
“The High School Memorials Project honors those who attended local high schools and who died while fighting the Global War on Terrorism after 9/11. It is up to us to make sure their sacrifices are never forgotten. We feel what better place to do this at the high schools they attended, with the hope that today’s students might pause for a moment and remember those who walked the same halls and made the supreme sacrifice,” stated Loretta Masnada, 2nd Vice President of Contra Costa Blue Star Moms and High School Memorials Co-Chair. She is also a proud Marine Corps Mom. “We are very proud to be able to bring this honor and remembrance to reality so that generations to come will know of the sacrifices that were made here at home for their freedoms.”
Los Lomas is the remaining school to receive a memorial. The cost for each memorial is approximately $5,000 which must be raised. Those interested can make a tax deductible donation to Contra Costa Blue Star Moms. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable group.
“As soon as we are allowed, we will dedicate a memorial at Antioch High School to honor SGT John D. Aragon, USA, and SSGT Daniel R. Scheile, USA National Guard,” Masnada says.

We thought we would pay tribute with the photos of all nine dedicated memorials and names of the honorees. We will never forget.