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].
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.