Veterans Plaza fundraising drive kicks off Nov. 11




  Veterans Day (November 11) will mark the launch of a special fundraising drive to build a new Veterans Plaza on a site across from the Knights of Columbus Hall on Schertz Parkway.


  The project is co-sponsored by Schertz and VFW Post 8315, said Mike Espinola, commander. It will be funded with private donations raised through community participation and will pay homage to those who have helped protect the country while a part of the Armed Forces.


  “We are asking citizens, businesses and corporations in the Schertz area to join with us in this endeavor by making contributions that will help finance the costs,” said Ruth Tienor, who is helping spearhead the drive. “We have already begun to receive gifts and have plans for additional ways to allow the community to be a part of the project.”


  One such method will be the sale of commemorative brick pavers that will be used within the Veterans Plaza. Each brick sold will bear the name of the veteran being honored. Honorees must have served at least three years in the military.


  The outer portion of the pentagon-shaped memorial will consist of an 18-inch tall wall that will create a granite-covered bench. Each of the five points of the pentagon will represent a branch of the military. Three flags will rise from a small stone hill that will hold a bronze battle cross as well as a bronze statue of a saluting boy holding a folded flag. The boy will represent future generations that will carry on service to the country.


  “This is Schertz's way of paying tribute to all who have served our country throughout the decades and also to the Armed Forces who have contributed so greatly to our city,” says Tienor.


  Those wishing to make a contribution can send checks to the ”Veterans Memorial Plaza Fund,” care of Schertz Bank &Trust or to the same fund at the VFW Post 8315, 1000 FM 78 Schertz, Texas 78154.



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