August 26, 2013
“The Marine Memorial” by sculptor Benjamin Victor is placed in Castaway Park with our flag flying high by its side. It depicts a young Marine in full battle gear about to leave on assignment.
May 27, 2008
When veteran George Tepich saw the statue close up, he said he found himself staring straight into the eyes of his past and at the same time the eyes of today’s soldiers. He was overcome with emotion. “It made me think of my time in Vietnam, it made me think of all the kids over there in Iraq fighting,” Tepich said, eyes still wet from tears.
May 23, 2008
As a young Marine who fought in Guadalcanal under the legendary Lt. Gen. Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller, retired Master Sgt. Francis “Ace” Arciaga, found brotherhood that lasted a lifetime. “Marines past and present are like friends,” Arciaga said. “I’ve always felt that they were my extended family.”
April 9, 2008
One check has cemented plans for a Newport Beach-sponsored memorial to honor a Marine Battalion that recently returned from Iraq. The Newport Beach Arts Foundation’s $5,000 donation Tuesday put the city over the top for a roughly $100,000 memorial to honor the First Battalion, First Marines.
November 10, 2007
A Marine takes a step, stops, looks over his shoulder and is immortalized in a moment in time in a bronze sculpture. Artist Benjamin Victor was selected to design the Newport Beach memorial to the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines. His maquette, or small-scale model, was unveiled Friday at City Hall.
November 9, 2007
A model of a bronze-and-granite monument that will be built in honor of the city’s adopted Marine battalion was unveiled today. The sculpture, designed by 28-year-old Benjamin Victor of South Dakota, will be built at Castaways Park and be dedicated on Memorial Day 2008.
September 12, 2007
The city will begin raising money for a monument to the Camp Pendleton Marine unit it adopted in 2003, after a council vote Tuesday to approve a design for the monument and the suggested location at Castaways Park.
July 18, 2007
Six artist, including two from Newport Beach, have submitted designs for a military memorial to be built in Newport Beach. Entries also came from Long Beach; Aberdeen, S.D.; Bogota, Columbia; and Wroclaw Poland, said Newport Beach Cultural Arts Coordinator Jana Barbier.