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El Pueblo War Memorial Work to Proceed

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, December 07, 2009, at 04:15PM
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A pair of men read names on the Eugene A. Obregon Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial's "Wall of Honor" on Saturday after the monument's dedication ceremony.

A judge today declined to stop work on a memorial honoring Medal of Honor recipients that is being erected on park land across the street from El Pueblo. The Eugene A. Obregon Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial includes an already-built "Wall of Honor" that includes the names of 3,500 recipients of the country's highest military award and a future 20-foot memorial to the 40 Latino recipients of the medal.

The suit, filed by The City Project on behalf of a collection of stakeholder groups, seeks to have the memorial moved. On its website, the City Project also says that it hopes to "commemorate the Tongva Gabrielino Sacred Site, burial ground and village of Yaangna," "commemorate the history of Old Chinatown and the Chinatown Massacre of 1871," and "return El Pueblo Historic Monument to the state to benefit all the people of California and the nation."

The judge declined to issue a restraining order against the work, saying that any impacts had already been done. The merits of the case will be decided on trial.

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