The Cedar Park Veterans Memorial is The Crown Jewel of Cedar Park. It honors all veterans---past, present and future.
|Customized brick pavers and bronze leaves engraved with soldiers' names and dates of service, along with life-sized bronze sculptures of a World War I Doughboy and a World War II U.S. Naval Officer, line the pathway leading up to Memorial Hill, where a 22 ft.- tall, black granite obelisk sits atop a 12-ft.diameter gray granite base of 6 ft.- tall panels.|
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|Each base panel features laser art that honors a different branch of the U.S. Military: the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Merchant Marines, and Coast Guard.|
|A towering, seven-foot tall bronze soldier, clothed in Army dress blues and holding an M-16 rifle stands guard. The soldier is the likeness of U.S. Army Specialist First Class Matthew Morris of Cedar Park, who was killed on April 6, 2008 by an improvised explosive device in Balad, Iraq while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. SPC Morris was awarded posthumously the rank of Sergeant along with the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.||
The monument was designed by artist Gregory Beck of Fort Worth, and has some special references to Texas. The base panel honoring the Navy depicts the George H.W. Bush Aircraft Carrier, and the panel for the Air Force shows a B-1 Bomber stationed at Dyes Air Force Base in Abilene.
A panel of the obelisk honors women in the military, featuring laser art taken from photographs of mother soldiers kissing their children "hello" and "goodbye" as they arrive from or depart for deployment.
Veterans Memorial Park is located at 2525 New Hope Drive. The monument was unveiled on November 12, 2011. Watch the video story.
On November 5, 2016 two new sculptures were unveiled in Veterans Memorial Park. One of the life-size bronze sculptures depicts a World War I “Doughboy” and the other depicts a 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.
The sculptures are a project of the Cedar Park City Council and the Parks, Arts and Community Enrichment (PACE) Advisory Board.
World War I "Doughboy" World War II U.S. Naval Commander Korean War Marine