Veterans Parade and Ceremony
|| November 11, 2017
|| 9:30 a.m.
|| 11:00 a.m.
|| Veterans Memorial Park - 2525 W. New Hope Dr.
Come honor our veterans and show your patriotic pride at the Veterans Parade and Ceremony. Parade entries are free.
For information, contact 512-401-5500.
Two new statues will be introduced at the ceremony. One of the life-size bronze sculptures depicts a World War I “Doughboy” and the other depicts World War II U.S. Naval Commander – both by renowned artist Matt Glenn. The new sculptures sit along the walkway to the Veterans Memorial Monument. They are a project of the Cedar Park City Council and the Parks, Arts and Community Enrichment (PACE) Advisory Board. The Cedar Park City Council is comprised of Mayor Matt Powell and Council Members Stephen Thomas, Corbin Van Arsdale, Lyle Grimes, Cobby Caputo Jon Lux and Kristyne Bollier. PACE Board Members are Dick Lewis, Carl Abseck, Julie Hastings, Dimitri Nichols, Mary McCarthy, Kathleen Harman and Andy deBruyn.
About the Cedar Park Veterans Memorial
The Cedar Park Veterans Memorial, unveiled in 2011, consists of 22-foot-tall black granite obelisk with a towering, seven-foot tall bronze soldier, standing guard over a base of six panels honoring each of the six branches of the United States Armed Services: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marines. Engraved paving stones honoring loved ones of local residents who have served, lead up to the monument. Designed by Fort Worth artist Gregory Beck, the monument has many special references to Texas. One panel of the obelisk honors women in the U.S. Military, with laser art taken from actual photographs at Camp Mabry of a Texas Army National Guard Soldier kissing her 18 month-old baby goodbye, and another returning to her 4-year-old child after a tour of duty. The base panel honoring the Air Force features a B1 Bomber stationed at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene and the base panel honoring the Navy features an image of the George H.W. Bush Aircraft Carrier. The bronze soldier is the likeness of U.S. Army Specialist Matthew Morris of Cedar Park, who was killed in 2008 while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. His mother Lisa served on the Veterans Memorial Citizens Advisory Committee, which raised more than $225,000 to construct the monument.