MCALLEN MONITOR: Work continues on World War I history walls at McAllen memorial
Pictured viewing progress on the walls are sculptor Douglas Clark, TXDAR Corresponding Secretary Susan Francis and State Regent Judy C. Ostler. in the background stands the 105-foot high black granite American Spire of Honor.
Posted: Sunday, January 31, 2016 2:15 pm
Special to The Monitor
Texas Veterans War Memorial continues its efforts to complete the engraving of historical stories of World War I and insert the historical picture reliefs on three existing granite walls located at the TXDAR Plaza of Liberty included in the Memorial.
All of the information on the walls at the Veterans War Memorial are written not only so that adults can relate but children as well. It is a teaching memorial, telling us about the costs of freedom.
Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Robert McDonald along with U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, U.S. Reps. Rubén Hinojosa, Henry Cuellar and Filemon Vela commented on a visit this past September that the Texas Veterans War Memorial is an “awesome place.”
Texas Veterans War Memorial was awarded a grant by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in the amount of $10,000 on April 23, 2015. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of Rio Grande Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, located in McAllen.
Col. Frank Plummer, President Veterans Memorial Foundation of Texas, commented, “The DAR goals to preserve history, promote patriotism and education has been truly achieved in the Plaza of Liberty with these walls of history. They reflect the spirit, sacrifice and courage of the American people in defending the hard earned gift of freedom so cherished by the American people. The bronze murals on each wall are “gripping and realistic” of that World War, by the award winning Sculptor, Douglas Clark are a must see for all.”
Dedication of World War I Walls is scheduled for April 18.
The DAR grants program was started in 2010. Funding is awarded to support projects in local communities which promote the organization’s mission areas of historic preservation, education and patriotism.