Helping Others in Times of Need
In the proclamation honoring
Val Alyoshins acts of heroism, the Cities of Seabrook
and El Lago, Texas, offered that Vals desire to
save his neighbors without regard to his own safety has inspired
our citizens to help one another in time of need.
We seek to pay tribute to Val through the creation
of a memorial which best expresses those sentiments. We also
hope to do so in a manner which recognizes the places Val
called home: both old and new. As an ethnic Russian, Val grew
up in Riga, Latvia, when it was part of the Soviet Union.
There he saw his country gain independence and later, he and
his family came to the United States, seeking a better life.
Although a resident of the Clear Lake area of
Houston for only two years, Val had taken to calling Texas
his home. I feel so fortunate to have again found a
real home, Val once said. I have more opportunity
here and more friends here than I have ever known. My heart
will always belong to my family and my homeland, but a piece
of it now belongs to the Bay Area, too.
In the weeks ahead, well be sharing with
the community prospective memorial concepts here.