Veteran's War Memorial Dedicated on Independence Day


POSTED: Monday, July 4, 2011 - 1:39pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 7:14am

Two hundred and 35 year ago to the day, America declared her independence.

"We had to fight for it in 1776 and we continue to fight for it in 2011," said retired Coast Guard Captain Walt Wilson.

But it's who that's fought, and continues to fight for our freedoms, that we must never forget, the brave men and women who step up to the plate. Unfortunately, some never make it home alive.

"Freedom isn't free, it will never be. The comrades that died for us, for our country, they are really truly the heroes; they deserve everything that we have right now," said Vietnam Vet Manuel Pena.

While those brave men and women never got to experience the freedoms of our great nation, a special memorial in San Benito will hopefully be a small way of saying thank you and we'll always remember.

The special ceremony was held to dedicate a Veteran's War Memorial to the locals who have laid down their lives for our country and its people.

"This is an honor for our veterans because they gave the ultimate sacrifice for us and we are free and we are helping the world," said former San Benito mayor Gilbert Galvan.

So far, two phases of the memorial are finished.

The third phase of the Veteran's War Memorial will include three bronze statues and granite monuments and plaques from each war. The names of those who have died in the line of duty and of those who are missing in action will be inscribed on the plaques.

It’s estimated that around 130 veteran's names from San Benito and the surrounding areas will be included.

Officials with the project believe by building something up like this for our fallen heroes, their memory and sacrifice will hopefully never be forgotten, for they are the ones that truly allow us Americans to celebrate our independence on this great Fourth of July holiday.


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