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September 26, 2012

Memorial planned for Henderson County veterans

Athens — The East Texas Arboretum announces the construction of a Henderson County Veterans Memorial and Plaza at the Arboretum facility on Patterson Road in Athens. The Memorial will honor military veterans who enlisted in Henderson County, or were natives of Henderson County, and enlisted elsewhere.

The memorial will be two red-brick curved walls located within an open plaza with a bronze eagle sculpture overlooking the plaza. Names of veterans will be engraved on granite panels embedded in the memorial walls.

An extensive research effort is ongoing by volunteers to determine names of veterans from Henderson County who served, beginning with the Civil War to the present. An advertisement will be placed in area newspapers asking for public help in identifying those who served. We urge veterans and families to please respond to this request.

Current lists of veterans who qualify will be posted on the Arboretum website: easttexasarboretum.org. Before responding, we ask responders to check this website to determine if the veteran has been previously listed.

The Henderson County Veterans Memorial will forever recognize the contribution of veterans who served to protect and preserve freedom for all Americans.

The East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, and relies on Annual Arboretum Memberships, private contributions, donations and facilities rentals for 100 percent of the annual operating budget. Contributions are appreciated, and very important for the Arboretum.

Questions concerning this project may be directed to 903-675-5630 or 903-681-1721.

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