Don Adams (pictured in the middle with Rotarians Susan Warnstrom and Earl Murray Jr.) was our guest speaker at Friday morning’s Rotary meeting.

Don is retired from the computer industry and is a 17-year board of trustee at the Lompoc Museum.

He talked about the monument at the Lompoc Museum entitled: World War I, A Centennial Remembrance. There is a lot of history behind this.

The monument was originally located on Ocean Street in 1925. In 1941, the monument was moved to the current location at 200 S. “H” Street.

The monument has a sign which says, In Honor of Our World War Heroes. There are a number of Veterans who live in the Lompoc area. They have plans to possibly bronze it to honor those who served.

In 2005, an eagle was placed on the top of the monument, and there is a symbol entitled “patriotism”. They plan on possibly adding more lately. Additionally, adding LED lights for night visibility is in the future plans.

Outside the museum, there is a plan to beautify the area by adding planters and removing some of the trees.

Don said the monument needs some repairs and there is a to-do list:
1. Get estimates for monument repairs
2. Raise funds for restoration and a new plaza
3. Build community interest with monthly events
4. Contract the site work
5. Hold a dedication ceremony on November 11, 2018, to commemorate the first armistice day

The Lompoc Museum is funded through grants, memberships, and donations.

Don suggested that if you have never visited the museum, you would enjoy the history.

Our mission is to preserve, display and interpret the cultural history of the Lompoc Valley through unique educational experiences.

The Lompoc Museum is the keeper of our local treasures. We seek new opportunities to honor our diverse culture, celebrate our history and strengthen our community. Our goal is to entice young and old, residents and tourists, students and scholars to visit often.

For more information about the Lompoc Museum and the monument, go to

The Rotary Club of Vandenberg Village and guests thank Don for a very informative and inspiring talk.