By Alex Groves
Staff Writer 

Area artist uses sculpture skills to honor fallen heroes


Last updated 2/15/2018 at 2:19pm

Meghan Taylor photo

Austin Casson works on pieces at his home studio. Casson was invited to submit a concept design for the new memorial honoring veterans at the city of Temecula's Duck Pond. His design was selected for the memorial.

The Temecula Duck Pond, known for having a wide variety of sculptures and artworks, will soon be welcoming another installation later this year: A memorial for Temecula residents who were killed while serving their country.

The Temecula Heroes Memorial, designed by La Cresta-based artist Austin Casson, will include a 17-foot-tall steel tower, life-size bald eagle forged in steel and a battlefield cross. On the ground in front of the tower will be five 12-inch bronze seals honoring each of the individual branches of the military.

"I was approached by the city and I was interested in it as s...

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