The Freedom Walk

R. G. Musgrovè presented a modified copy of the site plan and proposed that we encircle the plan with steel pipe bollards sheathed with cast stone to match the present structure.

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These would have slanted tops to provide an oval mounting for plaques. The plaques would chronologically depict, starting at the Plaza’s northwèst corner, the major events of World War Il. The upper half of each plaque would carry a graphic representation of the event. The lower half would have text briefly describing the event.

Between tha bollards and the plaza, a walkway paved with stones to match those of the plaza floor was further proposed. He suggested that the walkway be called “The Freedom Walk”  The board adopted this suggestion and an architect to prepare the drawings was approved. Several architects Were asked to provide plans for both of these new programs. The Board selected Herring & Trowbridge, Architects, John Harrison, of their Houston office provided the current design.

Art Bleimeyer was appointed Chairman of the Freedom Walk Committee. They were charged with the responsibility of selecting the main events of WW Il to appear on the bollards and to be included in a student’s handbook to be produced later. This committee also developed the description of        these main events and non-military service groups supporting the war effort.  Members of the association board had earlier volunteered to research and write an essay of approximately 150 words on these main events. Arthur Bleimeyer edited the copy. submitted by board members, for the handbook. These were further edited by R. G. Musgrove to fit in the lower half of the plaques to top the bollards. He also volunteered to find the appropriate photos to compliment this text and be placed in the upper half of the plaques. The plaques were then created in zinc and installed by Spaw Glass.

Fund raising to cover the cost or this addition to the memorial began with the search for­ donors who would each adopt a bollard. These names were then egraved on the bollards facing the Freedom Walk.  The bollard plaques and their sponsors may be found later on the reverse sides of the index pages.

A large number of names of addiction men and women were received to be added to the memorial after the dedication. All of the dedication publicity produced these new responses. The contract for the Freedom Walk and the bollards was modified to include four additional panels to accommodate the names. Two were added to each end of the curved wall.

Since the memorial’s dedication, additional names received by the association’s secretary, have been added once each year shortly before the annual Vetenran’s Day service.

Association Board M embers

Mary Aline Earhart Austin

Art  Bleimeyer

James Hodges

Irma Jenke

Bill lindley

Julian Philips

Tony Wenzel

Leonard Ball,Treasurer

Jimmy Franks

Fred Huebner

Richard Jenke

R. G.Musgrove, Secretary

Kennon Rawls., Vice President

Jack Woodyard

Lamar Good .

Emeritus

Lloyd Betz

Don Henderson

Charlie lnglis

Clayton Lee,President

Evelyn Donaldson Parker

Emeritus

Owen Yong

Don Henderson
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