Project Sponsors

Navy League of the U.S.. Imperial Valley Council

     The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt. The Navy League has provided a powerful voice for a stronger sea service to Congress and to the American people. The Navy League has grown into the foremost citizens’ organization to serve, support and stand with all the sea services – the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine.  

     The Navy League is comprised of 40,000 civilians in more than 240 councils around the world working to support sea service members and their families. We do this through a variety of education programs that remind our fellow citizens that the United States is a maritime nation whose national economic and security interests are inextricably tied to the freedom of the seas.

     The Navy League has three missions: to enhance the morale of active-duty personnel and their families; inform Congress and the American public on the importance of strong sea services; and support youth through programs such as the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Junior ROTC and Young Marines that expose young people to the values of our sea services.

    The Imperial Valley Council was chartered on February 12, 1949 serving the Imperial County area.  The Council adopted NAF El Centro in 1949, and adopted the Blue Angels in 1967, and is the lead organization for this memorial project.   The council also proudly sponsors Naval Air Facility El Centro, Strike Fighter Wing VFA-122, Marine Attack Squadron VMA-214 "Blacksheep", U.S. Coast Guard Cutter PETREL (WPB 87350), and the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps' Desert Eagle Squadron and Escondido Battallion and Training Ship Kit Carson.


The Rainforest Art Project

     The mission of The Rainforest Art Project is to provide learning and healing art experiences that promote individuality, creativity and self-worth while enhancing our communities and raising awareness about the importance of conservation of our natural resources. 

     The goals of The Rainforest Art Project are to inspire students through multicultural, nature-based art programs that build creative confidence and self-esteem while teaching lifelong skills and providing an opportunity to create permanent public art installations and to establish a continuous arts “culture” within the schools. The Rainforest Art Project works in many different ways to inspire students to innovate in their everyday lives and into their futures.

     To achieve the goals and follow it’s mission, The Rainforest Art Project has developed a new model for art education. The Rainforest Art Project works with schools, communities and hospitals creating specialized art programs that integrate the Common Core State Standards in the fields History, Social Studies and Language Arts, which can also easily be combined with current Science and Math lessons.