It's been years in the making, and now the public can share in its dedication as the city of Aledo will honor veterans near and far Friday morning at 10.
A ceremony dedicating the Aledo Veterans Plaza will be held at the monument's site, the Aledo Commons, 1187 and Old Annetta Road.
"The Veteran’s Plaza, while small, is a very significant addition to our grounds and city," Aledo mayor Kit Marshall said. "We have many in Aledo and the greater Aledo community who have lost a loved one, who have served, who are serving, who have yet to serve.
"This Plaza has been an integral part of our Master Parks and Recreation Plan since its inception and approval several years ago."
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The planning for the Plaza began about a year ago and construction has been ongoing for about five months. The final cost will be about $96,413, Marshall said.
The design includes a five-sided granite obelisk monument with etchings honoring the five branches of the military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. It is sitting in the middle of a star with engraved donor bricks, three flag poles, and five granite benches located at each point of the star.
Antique red paved stones will surround the star to fill the circle of Honor. The three flag poles are lighted, representing the United Stated, Texas, and Prisoner of War/Missing in Action.
The ceremony, free and open to the public, will last about an hour. It will include the Texas State Guard, dignitaries, a fly-over, raising of flags and more.
Military guests are encouraged to dress in uniform.
Parking at Aledo City Hall will be limited. Additional parking will be available at the Aledo Community Center, Summit Church, and Maverick Counseling Center.
Those wishing to donate to the monument can visit the city website, www.aledo-texas.com and click on the Veterans Plaza link. All donations of $1,000 or more will be recognized on a permanent pedestal or plaque. Your donation can also remain anonymous.
For more information on the monument or ceremony, visit the site or contact Aledo City Secretary Deana McMullen at 817-441-7016.