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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Design Elements

The Old Town Orcutt Gateway Memorial was designed by OTORA President Steve LeBard, a U.S.M.C. Viet Nam Veteran coming from a military family and spending his childhood on military bases throughout the United States and Europe.

The base of the monument is a 30' concrete slab with a large five point star in the center created by using concrete dyes or stains. The star is intended to be subtle. Shiny black pebbles approximately 6"-8" in size will be embedded into the outside edge of the concrete slab.

At the center of the monument will be a 12' x 18' United States Flag on a 60' anodized aluminum tapered flagpole with a 12" butt and a 12" ball on a 4" top.

Two feet from the outer edge of the concrete there will be five 2'x2'x9' black granite columns. They will be tilted inward 7 degrees with the same angle cut at the top. The columns will appear to be bowing to the flag.

Each column will have an 18" bronze military insignia mounted on the flag side of the column thus representing the United States Marine Corps, the United States Army, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force and the United States Coast Guard.

On the top of each column will be a 50 watt LED spotlight using the latest technology in energy efficiency. A controller can be incorporated into these lights so that they can turn on in sequence, be dimmed and without changing the bulbs they can produce any color in the rainbow. Bulbs will need replacing every 10-20 years.

The United States Flag uses a five point star. On this memorial each point of the star is pointing directly to one of the five branches of military. In the center of the memorial there will be a pentagon shaped sitting area designed so as to have each side of the pentagon face in the exact direction of a branch of the United States Military.

This monument was designed for its beauty to be in its simplicity.

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