Mesquite Veterans Memorial
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.
All donations are tax-deductible. The Mesquite Veterans Memorial effort will be utilizing the non-profit status of Historic Mesquite, Inc. to accept, document and properly process all donations. Historic Mesquite, Inc. (HMI) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the preservation of and education about Mesquite history. Donations go towards identifying, restoring and preserving historic structures, identifying and securing historic designations for properties, and providing public access to Mesquite history and culture.
To make a donation online, click here. You 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 in person at Historic Mesquite Inc. offices located at 701-711 E. Kearney Street, Mesquite, TX 75149. To scheduled an appointment to make a donation in person, please call 972-216-6468.
If you have any questions about the campaign or would like to get involved, please contact the City of Mesquite Director of Communications and Marketing, Wayne Larson, at 972-329-8319 or [email protected].
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.
May 17, 2018 - QuikTrip donates $5,000 to Mesquite Veterans Memorial
Corporate friends of the Mesquite community, QuikTrip, 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. 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.
January 16, 2018 - State Representatives show their support for new Veterans Memorial in Mesquite
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.
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.