Brea War Memorial
Visit the Brea War Memorial, located at the Brea Civic and Cultural Center, 1 Civic Center Circle.
Throughout Brea’s history, men and women of Brea have proudly served their country in the military. The United States entered World War I in April 1917, just two months after the City of Brea was incorporated on February 23. Since then, Breans have served in peace time and during war to protect America’s Freedom’s. Sadly, some of those soldiers never returned home to Brea. To honor the people of Brea who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and recognize all veterans, the Brea City Council dedicated the Brea War Memorial November 11, 2012.
Monument of Remembrance
The highly-polished black granite of "The Monument of Remembrance" serves as a somber reminder that some citizens made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The names of Breans who served in this country's armed forces and died for their country are inscribed on the monument. So far, 19 Breans have been identified. View the list of Brea's fallen. If you know a Brean who should be included in the monument, please check the criteria and submit a nomination form.
Describing the monument, Artist Susan Narduli wrote: "The Monument of Remembrance is lit along its base. The light glances the polished surface, only caught by the names etched there,"
Walk of Honor
The names of Breans who served in this country's armed forces and died for their country will be inscribed on the monument. "The Monument of Remembrance is lit along its base. The light will glance the polished surface, only caught by the names etched there," says Artist Susan Narduli.
The Walk of Honor path is inscribed with the names of veterans, both living and deceased, retired and active military personnel. The Walk of Honor is an ongoing Brea community effort - a lasting tribute to the men and women who have defended their country in war and peace. It leads up to the memorial's focal point, called the Monument of Remembrance, where the names of Breans who died in service will be inscribed.
Walk of Honor pavers are available for order with all proceeds directly used for upkeep of the memorial. These are installed on an annual basis in conjunction with Veteran's Day.
About the Artist
The Brea City Council commissioned artist Susan Narduli to create the memorial. View photos of construction through dedication. Susan Narduli of Narduli Studio is Los Angeles-based and is a licensed architect with an additional degree in sculpture. Over the past 20 years, her public art and memorial commissions have included veterans memorial pier in Long Beach, City of Ventura memorial park, and Chapman University Columbarium and Gardens among others. Prior to starting her own practice, Narduli was a project designer at Frank Gehry and Associates.