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Posted on: November 10, 2017

501c3 Parks Foundation Gives Nod of Approval to Veterans Memorial

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City officials are excited to share that the 501c3 Missouri City Parks Foundation is moving forward with its first strategic priority, the future Veterans Memorial slated for construction in the City Hall Complex.

“We are thankful that the Parks Foundation saw fit to allow the Veterans Memorial to be the signature and kickoff project for our City Hall placemaking initiative. Efforts are under way now to engage private citizens, foundations and corporate partners to help us achieve our $1.5 million dollar goal,” said City Manager Anthony J. Snipes. “The venture will be done in two phases and each will have a project cost of $750,000. Our goal is to complete fundraising by June, 2018.”

For sponsorship details, view this MCPF website:  www.mcparksfoundation.org/memorial.html or call 281.403.8500.

Adrienne Barker, President of the Parks Foundation Board and Director/Chief Development Officer of the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, said “members are pleased to undertake this funding campaign for the Veterans Memorial project. Not only will it honor those who have served our country so valiantly, but also become a key artistic focal point of the City Hall placemaking project."

In recent years, City officials and staff selected an innovative Veterans Memorial design by Lloyd Lentz, a Principal with LMA Design Houston and the son of a World War II and Korean War Veteran, the grandson of two World War I veterans and the brother of a Vietnam Veteran. Mr. Lentz’s concept honors America’s brave soldiers who have valiantly served our country, and it features a five-point star with an eternal flame and fountain in its center and is surrounded by arched columns.

The timeless design represents the flow of life through the bubbling fountain and the flame of freedom burning eternally. It also symbolizes the bravery, sacrifice and strength veterans stand for in this country.

District B Councilmember Don Smith, who is Chair of City Council’s Veterans Committee, spearheaded the project. “Regardless of whether you’re involved in the military during peace time or you go into hostile conditions, you are a changed person,” Councilmember Smith said. “This project is so important because it honors a segment of the population that has given so much to this country. This memorial is our way of letting these service men and women know how much we appreciate what they’ve done for the country.”

The final memorial design will include:

  • Landscape, sculpture, lighting and architectural and artistic design elements;
  • Space and infrastructure that will accommodate parking, sound systems, podium placement, power and an area with chairs and standing room for guests; and
  • Eco-friendly materials that are “native” to Texas and that can withstand inclement weather conditions and have limited maintenance and repair requirements

“The construction will honor veterans from the past, present and future and create a permanent tribute to the courageous men and women who protect and serve our great Nation,” Snipes said.

As part of its education and engagement outreach, MCPF is partnering with the local American Legion Post 294 to promote state and national recognition and to raise funds for the project. “I have been involved with memorials in the past and have worked with city, county and state personnel in bringing Veterans projects to fruition. Working with Missouri City personnel has been a very rewarding experience in that you literally take the motto ‘Show Me’ to heart and make honest efforts to interface with the public in seeing and transforming dreams into reality,” said Historian Dennis Thibault, who served in the Army’s elite 82nd Airborne Division in a Recon Group and was an active Jumpmaster of various aircraft.

“I will do what I am capable of in promoting this signature project and take advantage of the Centennial’s timeline in promoting our Veterans project on a State and National level,” he added, explaining that the American Legion is marking its first century of service with the celebration of its 100th anniversary milestone at the 2019 national convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

Thibault, who is also Centennial Chair for Post 294 and a Legion member for more than 50 years, further emphasized the significance of the MCPF-American Legion partnership, saying: “by working with City personnel on the veterans memorial, we have the opportunity to enhance local veteran status and foster a feeling of community support for all veterans, past, present and future. The Parks Foundation and American Legion partnership is an example to others of how city government and citizens can work together for the betterment of our community.”

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