Before the start of Monday night’s Mesquite City Council meeting, the city made a public presentation of the project renderings for the new Mesquite Veterans Memorial to be built near City Lake Park.
Mayor Stan Pickett said it all began several years ago with one man, Randy Lawson, and his vision to have a new memorial for military veterans.
“Randy has been a leader in our community for a long time. He demonstrates compassion for all of us but especially our military veterans and all their families. Randy and the group he’s involved with, the Heroes of Mesquite, have led the charge,” Pickett said. “He’s championed many efforts and many campaigns to get us where we are over the past few years. The Heroes of Mesquite and Randy have been our ambassadors for the project.”
Based on the rendering, the memorial will include a 77-foot-wide plaza with an area designated to pay tribute to Mesquite natives who were killed in action. The plaza will feature two walls to recognize branches of the military, and a nearly 6-foot wide eagle and a 12-foot granite star are part of the many design elements of the project. The memorial will also include an audience area for special ceremonies.
According to the city, there will be opportunities later this year for the public to purchase donor bricks that will be placed on the walkway border leading up to the plaza.
“The community should applaud itself for helping to get the project this far. We look forward to the dedication ceremony in November 2020 in conjunction with our annual Veterans Day event,” said City Manager Cliff Keheley.
The Mesquite Veterans Memorial is a community-based project to raise awareness and funding for the design and construction of a new memorial in the Mesquite community to honor all military veterans and their families.
Atmos Energy announced its title sponsorship of the project in November 2018 with a $100,000 financial commitment to the memorial campaign.
Tax-deductible contributions can be made online at cityofmesquite.com/donations or by sending donations to the attention of: Mesquite Veterans Memorial, c/o Historic Mesquite, Inc., P.O. Box 850137, Mesquite, TX 75185.
The city plans to host a November ground breaking event in recognition of Veterans Day. For details on the project, visit mesquiteveteransmemorial.org.