Mesquite Veterans Memorial
Mesquite Veterans Memorial Announcement
The City of Mesquite has announced it will not host a public dedication event for the new Mesquite Veterans Memorial. This decision is in an abundance of caution for the safety and health of the public. However, the memorial will be open to the general public beginning on Saturday, Nov. 7. Please plan to visit the memorial, but do so safely with social distancing and adhering to public health guidelines.
August 1, 2020 - Construction Begins
Construction on the new Mesquite Veterans Memorial located at 425 S. Galloway Ave. has started by Nouveau Construction and Technology. The project is expected to be ready for a November 7 dedication event. Many elements of the project, like the large eagle that will sit atop of the memorial, are currently in production. All the military medallions have been sponsored and most of the benches.
March 16, 2020 - Mesquite Veterans Memorial Contract Approved
The Mesquite Council authorized the City Manager to finalize and execute a Design-Build contract with Nouveau Construction and Technology Services, in the amount of $285,000.00.
Construction of a Veterans Memorial has been planned for the property adjacent to City Lake Park with an anticipated completion in September of 2020. The total project budget is $355,000.00. A two-step request for qualifications/proposal solicitation process was conducted in accordance with State purchasing requirements for design-build contracts. Nouveau Construction and Technology was selected based on providing the best price and for demonstrating successful completion of other projects in Mesquite, including the Westlake Tennis Center and Camp Rorie Galloway Day Camp renovations. In addition to the construction cost of $285,000.00, an additional $70,000.00 is allocated in the project budget for various amenities that the City will purchase separately and provide to the contractor for installation.
November 9, 2019 - Groundbreaking Ceremony
On Saturday, November 9, 2019 the community celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Mesquite Veterans Memorial as a part of the City of Mesquite’s annual Veterans Day Celebration event. The event included presentations, music and a variety of activities. Military veterans and their families were honored during the program. Corporate sponsors and non-profit donors were recognized for their contributions. Construction is scheduled to begin in June 2020.
October 21, 2019 - Mesquite AMBUCS donates $10,000
In October 2019, the Mesquite AMBUCS presented a $10,000 donation to the project. The community civic club participates in many projects including Addressing Mesquite to build/repair wheechair ramps for the elderly and disabled, and provides scholarships to local college students from Mesquite. However, their main mission is to provide special bikes, called AmTrykes, to those with mobility issues. Watch the full donation presentation.
June 3, 2019 - Project renderings are presented
Mesquite, TX – June 3, 2019 – Today, the City of Mesquite made a public presentation of the project renderings for the new Mesquite Veterans Memorial to be built near City Lake Park. The city plans to host a November ground breaking event in recognition of Veterans Day. For details on the project, visit www.MesquiteVeteransMemorial.org.
City Manager Cliff Keheley said, “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.”
The memorial renderings include a 77-foot wide plaza with an area designated to pay tribute to those military veterans from Mesquite who were killed in action. The plaza will feature two walls to recognize branches of the military. A nearly 6-foot wide eagle and a 12-foot diameter granite star are part of the many special design elements of the project. The memorial will include an audience area for special ceremonies. 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 memorial plaza.
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 their 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 www.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 75185-0137.
These individuals, non-profits and corporations have generously donated significant financial contributions towards the project:
- Whataburger of Mesquite
- Mr. Bob Hall and family
- Mr. Kenneth Sheets and family
- Ms. Charlene Orr,
- The Mesquite Elks Club
- The Mesquite Rotary Club
- John and Deborah Teel
- Mr. Art Greenhaw and family
- Richard Stanford
- Mr. Brad Weddle with LPL Financial
- The Mesquite Police Association
- Mr. Ed Waynick
- Louis Tiseo from Tiseo Paving
- Mr. Randy Hardin from The Bright Way Group
- VFW Post 7106
- Mike Shipka from United Access Vans
- VFW Post 8785
- Quik Trip
- Republic Services,
- The friends on the Facebook Group called The Real Mesquite
- The Rorie Family
- Intex Electrical Contractors
- American National Bank of Texas
- Mesquite BBQ
- Jennifer Snodgrass
- Atmos Energy
- Dallas Regional Medical Center
- Bloomfield Homes
- Mesquite Elks Lodge Auxiliary
- Mesquite AMBUCS
- Operation Forever Free
June 17, 2019 - Mesquite Elks Lodge Auxiliary donates $1,000 to campaign
On June 17, the local Elks Lodge Auxiliary donated $1,000 to the campaign to build a new Veterans Memorial. The lodge attended the City Council meeting to make a presentation and present their donation. They were joined by members of the Heroes of Mesquite organization to help accept the contribution. The lodge is very involved in many community programs and events.
Earlier in the month, the City Council debuted the official renderings of the memorial. The project design includes recognition to the branches of the military and a special area of honor for those from Mesquite killed in action. The memorial will have a plaza area and walkway outlined in donor bricks. A donor brick program is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2019.
February 18, 2019 - Dallas Regional Medical Center supports memorial project
At the Feb. 18 City Council meeting, Dallas Regional Medical Center (DRMC) presented a $10,000 check in support of the
Mesquite Veterans Memorial campaign. Glenda Matchett, DRMC CEO, in a written statement, said: "We believe in supporting our community and understand that a strong community builds strong leaders, like our veterans. When we learned about the plan to build a veterans memorial in Mesquite, we knew we had to be a part of it. This donation was made in honor of all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, those who have served, and those who continue to serve."
November 5, 2018 - American National Bank of Texas donate to Veterans Memorial project
At the November 5 City Council meeting, American National Bank of Texas displayed their support of the Veterans Memorial project. Mr. Kyle Berry, Vice President, Commercial Lender and Mr. Ken Lane, Senior Business Development, presented a check for $2,500 to Mayor Stan Pickett and members of the veterans committee. The bank recently opened a new branch in Mesquite. It is located near City Lake Park, the home of the new Mesquite Veterans Memorial.
The sponsorship by American National Bank of Texas closes out the funding campaign for 2018. The effort to seek financial support will temporarily stop for the community to focus on community needs during November and December. The campaign will begin again in 2019 with new donations and sponsorship opportunities.
November 5, 2018 - Atmos Energy announces $100,000 title sponsorship of memorial project
Today, Atmos Energy stepped forward to pledge $100,000 towards the Mesquite Veterans Memorial project. The community launched a campaign last year to build a new veterans memorial in Mesquite. Oric Walker, Vice President of Public Affairs, of the Mid-Tex Division for Atmos Energy made the announcement of the donation during a special ceremony at City Lake Park. The memorial will be located at the park area, with preliminary designs set for 2019. Mayor Stan Pickett said, “Today’s announcement by Atmos Energy is tremendous. This is a legacy project, and it could not happen without Atmos Energy. The military veterans and their families here in our community will be forever grateful.” Pickett stated the fundraiser efforts will continue into next year. The public may send a tax-deductible donation to Mesquite Veterans Memorial, c/o Historic Mesquite, Inc., P.O. Box 850137, Mesquite, TX 75185-0137. Donations may also be made online at www.mesquiteveteransmemorial.org.
The Mesquite Veterans Memorial is a community-wide effort to build a new Veterans Memorial in Mesquite, Texas. The current Veterans Memorial, established in 1975, is at the flagpole in Heritage Square located in historic downtown Mesquite. A new community-wide campaign led by the City of Mesquite is using the progress made by the Heroes of Mesquite citizens group to launch further public awareness and funding to build a new Veterans Memorial.
The American Fallen Soldiers Project lends its support to the Mesquite Veterans Memorial campaign
In 2018, The American Fallen Soldiers Project lent its support to the campaign in Mesquite to build a new veterans memorial by allowing the use of portraits of two fallen soldiers from Mesquite in the campaign's public awareness efforts.
SSG Jeremie S. Border, KIA September 1, 2012 - OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM
Army SSG Jeremie Border was killed September 1, 2012 of wounds caused by small-arms fire while conducting combat operations in the Afghanistan province of Ghazni. SSG Jonathan P. Schmidt was also killed in the same incident. Jeremie graduated from Mesquite High School in 2002, being known as a standout football player and member of the 2001 state championship team which recorded a perfect 15-0 season. He continued his education at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas where he played college football for four years, was a member of the Servant Leadership program and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He graduated McMurry in 2006, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Communications. Directly after graduating, Jeremie entered military service as an Army Infantryman where he completed basic training, advanced individual training and the basic airborne course at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 2008 he was selected during the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course as a SF Weapons Sergeant, and learned Indonesian at the Special Operations Forces Language Course at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Warfare Center and School. He was later assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Jeremie’s military awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and many more. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with Valor, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. Jeremie is survived by his mother and step-father, Mary Border and Robert Harris, and sisters, DeLaynie, Katie, Ashley and Amanda. SSG Jeremie Border was 28 years old from Mesquite, Texas.Original portrait was presented May 7, 2015 to Jeremie’s family during a special event hosted by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas.
SFC Raymond Munden died February 16, 2009 at Forward Operating Base Tillman, Paktika Province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked the base using indirect fire. Raymond was on his sixth combat tour and only three weeks away from completing his tour when he was killed. He is survived by his wife, Kelly; daughters, Sydney and Kailey; sons, Gaven and Garrett; and parents, Ralph Munden and Billie Clark. Raymond grew up in Texas and graduated from Mesquite High School in 1991. He joined the Army only three months later in August 1991, following in the family military tradition. His father served two tours of duty in Vietnam and his brother, Brad, served in the Navy. Raymond and his brother both set their sights on serving their country at a young age. “We both knew growing up that that’s what we wanted to do,” said Brad Munden. “He always had that passion.” Raymond arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2002, and also was assigned duties across the world, serving at Fort Drum, Somalia, two tours of duty in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. Raymond was three weeks shy of completing his final tour and was excited about beginning his new career as an instructor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Raymond loved to play sports and participated on football and softball teams. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially with his family. SFC Raymond J. Munden was 35 years old from Mesquite, Texas. Original portrait was presented February 16, 2014 to his mother and family during Sunday services at the Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.
The American Fallen Soldiers Project was formed to help provide comfort and healing to the grieving families of fallen military. Our 501c3 non-profit organization makes available at no cost to the family an original portrait of their fallen loved one that fully captures their appearance and personality. Their mission is to honor, respect and forever memorialize the American military service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation, comfort their mourning families, and inspire all Americans to know and recognize the price paid for their freedom. Since the inception of The American Fallen Soldiers Project in 2007 hundreds of portraits have been painted and presented to the families of America’s fallen military across the United States. They provide a hand painted original portrait by artist Phil Taylor of America’s fallen military to their families. Upon completion, each portrait is personally presented to the family by the artist during a special event. Additionally, for other family members who did not receive the original painting, they offer canvas reproductions in various sizes. All original paintings and canvas reproductions are delivered framed and ready for display. Multiple photo prints are provided to the family at the portrait presentation and can be reordered at any time. All portraits, reproductions and photo prints are always provided at no cost to the family.
Local Companies Show Their Support to the Veterans Memorial
Since the campaign kicked off in November of 2017 to build a new Veterans Memorial in the Mesquite community, several local companies have shown their support for the project. Check presentations have been made at special events, City Council meetings and other programs by many area businesses.
Tiseo Paving donated $500 this spring to the campaign. The company is actively involved in many City road projects and wanted to demonstrate their support of local military veterans and their families.
In May, local business owner and community leader Brad Weddle presented a $1,000 donation from LLP, Financial. Mr. Weddle attended a brief ceremony with Heroes of Mesquite's Randy Lawson and Mayor Stan Pickett to present his contribution to the memorial fund.
This summer, Bright Way Group LLC sponsored the project with a contribution of $1,000. Bright Way Group LLC is a toner and ink company that distributes batteries, printer ink and toner. Randy Hardin, President of Bright Way Group LLC, has been recognized by Worldwide Who's Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in supplies distribution. He visited Mesquite to make the personal donation along with his wife.
United Access also showed their support this summer with a donation of $1,000 to the project. United Access is a company that offers something essential to people with disabilities: the ability to drive or ride in a vehicle. Since 1997, our once small, family-owned and operated mobility company blossomed into the second largest provider of accessible vehicles in the country.
In August, Republic Services attended a City Council meeting to announce their generous donation of $1,000 to the memorial campaign. Republic Services executives make a brief presentation to the City Council and delivered their donation to the Council and members of the citizens committee for the project.
August 7, 2018 - VFW Post 7106 from Ennis, TX donates $1,000
On August 7, 2018, VFW Post 7106 from Ennis, TX donated $1,000 towards the Mesquite Veterans Memorial Project.
Commander Don Fritz and Senior Vice Commander Gilbert Wulff visited with Mayor Stan Pickett and Heroes of Mesquite representative Randy Lawson to make the generous presentation.
Earlier in the year, the City of Mesquite participated in the state-wide Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Dallas. City staff were able to meet with VFW clubs and military veterans from across Texas. Through those meetings many strong relationships were built. This donation is a result of those efforts.
July 2, 2018 - Mesquite Police Association donates $10,000 to Mesquite Veterans Memorial
The campaign to build a new memorial to pay tribute to military veterans and their families received its largest one-time donation to date. At the July 2 City Council meeting, the Mesquite Police Association announced a $10,000 donation to the Mesquite Veterans Memorial campaign.
Bruce Sales, Mesquite Police Officer and President of the Mesquite Police Association, said, “We are here tonight to proudly make a donation to the Mesquite Veterans Memorial. This memorial is going to serve such an awesome purpose in our community. And, our organization immediately knew we wanted to be involved with it. Not only do we love our veterans within our city, but many of our co-workers have served in various branches of the military. On behalf of the Mesquite Police Association, I am honored to present this donation of $10,000 dollars to the Mesquite Veterans Memorial.” The Mesquite Police Association is comprised of the majority of sworn police officers and non-sworn public safety professionals of the Mesquite Police Department.
Randy Lawson, representing the Heroes of Mesquite who started the effort more than 10 years ago to build a new veterans memorial, was complimentary of the city’s efforts with new community-wide campaign. He said, “I want to thank the city council for getting behind this project and purchasing the land for the memorial.” Earlier this year, the City Council purchased property near City Lake Park as part of a masterplan to connect the park to historic downtown Mesquite. The new veterans memorial is set to be a part of that masterplan.
The public can send a tax-deductible donation to Mesquite Veterans Memorial, c/o Historic Mesquite, Inc., P.O. Box 850137, Mesquite, TX 75185-0137. Donations may also be made in person by cash, check or credit card at Historic Mesquite Inc. offices located at 701-711 E. Kearney Street, Mesquite, TX 75149.
May 17, 2018 - QuikTrip donates $5,000 to Mesquite Veterans Memorial
Corporate friends of the Mesquite community, QuikTrip (QT), was quick to donate to the project to build a new memorial for military veterans and their families.
QT representatives were on hand at Municipal Center to present a $5,000 check to Mayor Stan Pickett and members of the planning committee. The City of Mesquite is continuing its efforts to build public awareness and support for the new veterans memorial in the community.
QT has been very supportive of many community projects in Mesquite. Donations have been received from corporations, citizens, non-profit clubs and more.
April 26, 2018 - Mesquite Rotary Club donates $1,000 to the Mesquite Veterans Memorial as the City honors a WWII nurse
On the day the City of Mesquite honored WWII Army Nurse Josephine Moncrief, the Mesquite Rotary Club donated $1,000 to the campaign to build a new memorial in the community to pay tribute to military veterans and their families.
Mayor Stan Pickett named the day in Ms. Moncrief's honor as she is one of only 15 WWII Army Nurses that remain with us.
Following the Proclamation presentation to Ms. Moncrief, the local Rotary club presented a check to Mayor Pickett for the veterans project. This is one of many ongoing efforts by the City to recognize military veterans as a part of the public awareness and funding campaign.
March 6, 2018 - Mesquite City Council agrees to purchase property to expand City Lake Park
Mesquite took another step closer towards building a new Veterans Memorial in the community with the City Council’s approval to purchase residential property at 425 S. Galloway Avenue near City Lake Park for $185,000 as a part of its downtown infrastructure improvement plans.
Mayor Stan Pickett said, “This property purchase demonstrates the City Council’s support of a new Veterans Memorial being built in our community. The parcel will be a part of the expansion of City Lake Park through our master plan for that area which will help us connect the park to our downtown. The memorial will be an important part of this infrastructure. We look forward to more financial support from the community to make the memorial a reality in the next few years.”
A community-wide effort to raise public awareness and funding for a new Veterans Memorial was launched in November 2017. The current memorial is a plaque in Heritage Square located in historic downtown Mesquite.
February 26, 2018 - Heroes of Mesquite's Randy Lawson chosen as Elk's Citizen of the Year for his work on the Veterans Memorial
The Mesquite Elks Lodge selected Randy Lawson as their Citizen of the Year, Mesquite Mayor Stan Pickett presented the award.
Mr. Lawson was chosen for his diligent work during the past ten years to create public support and funding for a new veterans memorial in the community.
In 2017, the City of Mesquite joined the effort with a new Mesquite Veterans Memorial campaign. The new effort will use the strong foundation created by the Heroes of Mesquite to design and build a new memorial in the community.
Mr. Lawson and the Heroes of Mesquite community group have been very instrumental in raising public awareness about the new Veterans Memorial for many years.
January 16, 2018 - State Representatives show their support for new Veterans Memorial in Mesquite
The Mesquite Veterans Memorial got a big boost to kick off the new year. Texas State Representative Cindy Burkett and former Texas State Representative Kenneth Sheets both attended a City Council meeting to lend their support to the campaign to build a new memorial for military veterans and their families.
Representative Sheets provided a $1,500 donation to the project. Representative Burkett presented the planning committee with a State Flag to be used in the project. Their generosity spurred other political officials to proclaim their support and to personally donate to the campaign.
November 11, 2017 - Whataburger of Mesquite donates $1,000 to Mesquite Veterans Memorial at kick-off event
The effort to build a new place to honor military veterans and their families got off to a great start at the Picnic in the Park event held at City Lake Park.
Whataburger of Mesquite donated $1,000 to the campaign fund. Patti McKenzie of Whataburger presented the donation at the start of the event to Randy Lawson of Heroes of Mesquite and Mesquite Mayor Stan Pickett.
The kick-off event featured special presentations, a military salute and a musical concert. Hundreds from the Mesquite community attended to participate in the fundraising campaign. Volunteers from the Mesquite Fire Corps served a complimentary picnic in the park dinner.
November 8, 2017 - Mesquite Veterans Memorial Picnic in the Park concert is November 11
A community-wide effort to build a new Veterans Memorial in Mesquite will be launched on Veterans Day with a free Picnic in the Park concert set for Saturday, November 11, from 5 – 7:30 p.m. in City Lake Park, 403 S. Galloway Avenue.
The Picnic in the Park event will feature a free picnic dinner provided by the Mesquite Fire Corps and a concert by the Dallas Heritage Band. The band performs period music from the Civil War, Indian Wars, WWI and WWII using original sheet music and dressed in authentic military uniforms. The East Fork-Trinity Chapter, Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution will provide the Presentation of the Colors. Wanda Allen of Mesquite Specialty Hospital will perform the National Anthem.
The community-wide campaign to build the new memorial is being led by the City of Mesquite, local veteran groups and the Heroes of Mesquite. Randy Lawson, Heroes of Mesquite President and Founder, said, “We have been raising funds since 2010 for this project. It is wonderful to see the community come together to strengthen the efforts to make a new Mesquite Veterans Memorial become a reality.” Lawson indicated no specific design or location had been selected yet, but was confident this new effort to raise public awareness would generate additional funding and progress on the project.
October 1, 2017 - Mesquite announces plans for a new Veterans Memorial to be built in the community
The City of Mesquite has announced plans to begin a community-wide campaign to build public support and donations for a new Veterans Memorial in the community. Using the foundation started by the local group, Heroes of Mesquite, the City plans a comprehensive campaign to generate funding from corporate partners, civic clubs and the general public. The location of the memorial has not be selected yet. And, the design and construction plans will be based on donations and funding efforts. No timetable has been set for the start of construction. The City has developed a campaign brand and there will be a series of events to create public awareness for the project. The memorial will be a place for all veterans and their families to be honored and recognized.