When high winds toppled four of the 12 granite tablets at the Central Texas Veterans’ Memorial the night of May 19, the memorial’s committee members determined that funds would be raised to replaced the shattered tablets.
Businesses, organizations and individuals have made that happen.
“We have the money to replace everything,” said Harold Stieber, president of the Central Texas Veterans’ Memorial Committee. “Everything is paid for. We had contributions from all over the United States.”
More than$45,000 has been raised, and orders have been placed with a Georgia quarry for the four replacement tablets, Stieber said.
The memorial, located at Camp Bowie’s 36th Division War Memorial Park, include the 12 tablets set up around a 75-foot concrete circle. The tablets are engraved with the names of 259 Brown County residents killed in wars.
Plans are to install what Stieber described as the “main” tablet, which includes the crests of the branches of the military and the 36th Division T-patch, before the Veterans Day observance at the memorial next month. The other three tablets have not yet been made, Stieber said.
Braces have been installed on the eight surviving tablets and will be installed on the four new ones after they are set up, Stieber said.