The Weeping Wall Memorial, created by beloved Sierra Madre resident Lew Watanabe, is located in Memorial Park. (Clicking on the link will take you to a photo of the cannon in the park. In the background, there is a man sitting on one of the memorial's benches.) The accompanying plaque reads as follows:
Weeping Wall Memorial
Artist: Lew Watanabe
Dedicated to all the armed
forces veterans of Sierra Madre...
Who served our country in peace
and war... who helped to preserve
peace and freedom for our city,
country and the world.
The wall weeps... not with sorrow,
but with pride.
God bless them all.
Here are some photos of the Weeping Wall's dedication ceremony, from the SierraMadreNews.net website.
The Wall's gifted designer, long-time Sierra Madre resident Lew Watanabe, is a Landscape Artist and sculptor. Lew was named Citizen of the Year in 1996, and was the Grand Marshall of the Fourth of July Parade in 2010.
Lew certainly hasn't confined his talents to just one location in town. Here is a link to a nice article from the Sierra Madre Weekly, that was written about Lew and his many and varied contributions to the city, when he was named Grand Marshall. I had no idea that Lew had done all these things - what an amazing man.
For a little more detailed info on one of Lew's generous community projects, here is a Sierra Madre Weekly article about his role in the restoring and repairing of the abandoned Japanese Garden (now "Goodwill Garden"), originally created in 1931 at Sierra Madre Elementary School.