The grand opening for Little Orchard Self Storage in San Jose, Calif., which was celebrated on Aug. 30, included the unveiling of a tribute to the city’s Vietnam War Veterans. The memorial at 1833 Little Orchard St. features a one-ton stone marker and a flagpole displaying the U.S. and POW/MIA flags, all intended to honor the 142 San Jose residents who lost their lives during the war, according to the source.
The storage facility was developed by business partners Bill Kenney and Chuck Toeniskoetter, who are both veterans. “We owe a debt to the men and women who valiantly served, and that debt can never be repaid,” said Kenney. “So, today, we honor them with this flagpole and flag, which we dedicate to their memory.”
The event was attended by Dennis Fernandez and Mike Salas of the San Jose Vietnam War Memorial Foundation and San Jose City Councilmember Tam Nguyen. “I am the living proof of their sacrifice because I was a refugee from Vietnam,” Nguyen said during the dedication. “I survived thanks to those sacrifices. Not only for my freedom, my life, my future here, and what I’m saying now is my deep gratitude for that sacrifice.”
The storage owners consider the tribute an extension of the Sons of San Jose Vietnam War Memorial, a monument in downtown San Jose that bears the names of resident veterans who died overseas, the source reported. The black-granite statue on West Santa Clara Street was paid for by private donations and is maintained by the foundation.
Kenney and Toeniskoetter also developed and own Cochrane Road Self Storage in Morgan Hill, Calif. Kenney, who is an attorney, is a managing general partner of All American Self Storage in San Mateo, Calif. Toeniskoetter is chairman of Toeniskoetter Development Inc. and Toeniskoetter Construction Inc.
Little Orchard Self Storage is locally owned and operated. It serves the communities of Campbell, Los Gatos, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga and Willow Glen, Calif.
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