McAllen- The Veterans War Memorial of Texas is about to get a facelift. The City of McAllen was just awarded a $250,000 grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
The proposed development from the City of McAllen includes the installation of a Children’s & Ceremonies Plaza, which will model an outdoor classroom and allow students the opportunity to learn about and experience patriotism.
"The City of McAllen is extremely appreciative of this funding to expand the Veterans War Memorial,” said City Manager Roel “Roy” Rodriguez, P.E. “This landmark is a wonderful tribute to honor our American heroes who gave their lives in service to their country. We must never forget their sacrifices."
The Plaza will include the construction of 24 walls that will showcase 48 short stories etched in granite, and written by Texas schoolchildren.
In addition to the plaza, the funds will provide for the construction of a parking lot, lighting, perimeter fencing, landscaping, drainage and irrigation systems, as well as the installment of Wi-Fi, security cameras, and a sound system.
As Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa was instrumental in the legislature's decision to appropriate $90 million to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission for critical park repairs and new projects for city and county parks across the state.
When completed, this project will:
§ Complete the final elements of the Veterans War Memorial of Texas site
§ Complement the soon-to-be completed Performing Arts Center at the McAllen Convention Center District
§ Welcome the approximate 500,000 annual attendees from throughout Texas, the United States and northern Mexico who visit the McAllen Convention Center District