Missouri City unveils Veterans Memorial design
By Betsy Dolan
In October, the Missouri City Parks and Recreation Department launched a design competition for the new memorial. It would be built in one of the city’s parks and would serve as a place for private or personal reflection and as a place to officially observe and conduct ceremonies for Memorial and Veterans Day, said Parks and Recreation Director, Larry Foos.
Choosing from a large pool of submissions, city staff chose a design by Lloyd Lentz, a Principal with LMA Design Houston. Lentz’s design features a large five-point star with an eternal flame and fountain in its center and is surrounded by arched columns. As part of the design competition, Lentz also included capacity for 100 guests and used eco-friendly materials native to Texas that require minimal maintenance.
“The city received designs from a wide variety of local and international designers,” said Cory Stottlemyer, Missouri City media relations specialist. “Lloyd Lentz, a Missouri City resident, created a winning design that captured the city’s goal of creating a timeless and iconic memorial that will pay respect to veterans both past, present and future.”
Three locations are being considered as possible sites for the memorial: the Community Park at 1700 Glenn Lakes Lane, American Legion Park at 4015 Lexington Boulevard and the City Hall complex at 1522 Texas Parkway. The cost of the project will be paid for by citizen and corporate donations.
District B Councilmember Don Smith, who is Chair of City Council’s Veterans Committee, spearheaded the project. “Regardless of whether you are involved in the military during peace time or you go into hostile conditions, you are a changed person,” Smith said. “This project is so important because it honors a segment of the population that has given so much to this country. This memorial is our way of letting these service men and women know how much we appreciate what they have done for their country.”
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