The City of Poway invites the community to a celebration on Monday, Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. of the newly-installed vintage naval anchor at the Poway Veterans Park. The 2,200-pound anchor is on loan from the United States Navy and pays tribute to the sea-going branches of service (Navy, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine) recognized within the park.
The anchor was pulled from the San Diego Bay last year during a dredging project. The ship it came from is unknown, but experts say the anchor itself was made by the Columbia Steele Company of Portland, Oregon and may date back to the early 1900s.
Preparing the 8-foot by 7-foot anchor for display was no easy feat. After possibly a century under water, the steel device first needed to be sand blasted and coated. It was then transported 20 miles inland and placed by crane onto a concrete pad specially designed to sustain the anchor’s weight.
The Poway Veterans Park was designed to provide a permanent tribute to the past, present, and future veterans of the United States Military who have provided unselfish and honorable service to this country.
“There is no community anywhere that has greater love and appreciation for its veterans than the City of Poway,” said Mayor Steve Vaus. “Our Veterans Park, and this new installation, are tangible expressions of our desire to call attention to, and honor, those who serve.”
The ceremony will take place at the Veterans Park flag plaza located at 14135 Midland Road. Attire is business casual for civilians and equivalent for military. Light refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony.