Costa Mesa Veterans Memorial

Owner: City of Costa Mesa

Artist: Victor Bakkila

General Contractor: Shaw & Sons

Bud Hohl, an 87-year old Marine, and Vic Bakkila, a sergeant with the Costa Mesa Police and a good friend, had a vision to create a new monument honoring our military veterans. Construction of the monument was donated by Shaw & Sons and Quickcrete, and led by Shaw & Sons owner Paul Taylor to complete the flag monuments and pathways. The new memorial represents all divisions of our military with flags and plaques that honor those brave men and women who have served the United States. Both Shaw uncles, Delvin Shaw and George Allison, served in WWII and Gary Shaw served in Vietnam. All three were in the US Army and they excelled at everything they cherished in their lives from people to construction. Gary and George were both owners and worked for Shaw & Sons. Delvin Shaw was the last of the “by hand” operating engineers and retired from Sully Miller. Each man was a great asset to their country, their families, and the construction industry, and possessed extensive knowledge about the importance of work, relationships, and living a full life. All three enjoyed everything from horses to motorcycles. They were a lot of fun to be around and like our dad, Leroy Shaw, they are greatly missed.