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Pflugerville's Fallen Warrior Memorial

In November 2004, the citizens of Pflugerville honored a local Marine who gave his life in service to his country. After his funeral, grateful citizens wondered if Pflugerville had lost others in defense of freedom, but there was no public record of local soldiers lost in combat. A group of citizens met in January 2005 to plan a way to memorialize their sacrifices. Oral histories were researched, and a memorial was designed based upon this research. Thus, the Pflugerville Fallen Warrior Memorial was created.

 

We must never forget our family, friends and classmates who died protecting Pflugerville's freedom.

 

The Fallen Warrior Memorial is prominently located in Pflugerville Park. Life-sized bronze sculptures of three generations of warriors stand in front of a granite pentagon upon which will be engraved the names of our Fallen Warriors. Limestone amphitheater-style seating provides the backdrop for the pentagon and sculptures. Landscaped walks invite visitors into the memorial.

 

 


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Pflugerville honors Fallen Hero, PFC Ron J. Joshua, Jr.

Veteran’s Day, 2008 has been designated as the rededication day for the Pflugerville Fallen Warrior Memorial commemorating the addition of PFC Ron J Joshua’s name. PFC Joshua died in service to our country in Baghdad Iraq on July 17, 2007. The ceremony will take place Tuesday, November 11, at 11:00 am at the monument site in Pfluger Park, 700 Railroad Avenue, Pflugerville, TX. Friends, family, neighbors and the community are invited to attend and honor this fallen hero.

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Memorial Re-dedication

The Pflugerville Fallen Warrior Committee has reconvened to prepare for honoring two more Pflugerville warriors who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, Cpl. Yari Mokri and Capt. Sean Lyerly.

The committee has planned a Memorial Re-dedication to honor these two brave warriors and the nine other Pflugerville warriors who came before them.

The Pflugerville Fallen Warrior Memorial will be re-dedicated on Sunday, April 22nd at 3:30 pm. The re-dedication will take place at the Memorial site in Pflugerville Park.

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Pflugerville Dedicates the Fallen Warrior Memorial

The Fallen Warrior Memorial
The Fallen Warrior Memorial
Veteran's Day 2005, the community of Pflugerville dedicated the Fallen Warrior Memorial in Pfluger Park. Families and friends of the 9 Fallen Warrior's attended the dedication ceremony along with hundreds of Pflugerville residents. In a moving and emotional ceremony, the statues and the memorial were unveiled.

Keynote speeches by Lt. Colonel Willy Buhl, USMC and Sgt. Major Jim Nier, US Army, Ret. provided a moving message to the crowd on the importance of honoring those who had made the ultimate sacrifice protectiong our freedoms.

The citizens of Pflugerville rallied in support of the memorial project, raising $100,000 to fund the project in less than a year.

Veteran's Day 2005 was truly a day to remember for the City of Pflugerville.

We will never forget our family, friends and classmates who died protecting Pflugerville's freedom.

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Memorial Dedication On Target for November 11, 2005

Central Texas’ newest memorial honoring Pflugerville’s fallen warriors will be unveiled and dedicated on Veterans Day in Pfluger Park on Friday, November 11 beginning at 3:00 p.m. Many of the warriors’ families and friends will be in attendance to remember their loved ones and the loved ones of others.

Nine known Pflugerville soldiers have fallen since World War I:

 

  • Army Corporal Willie Wieland – World War I – died October 7, 1918
  • Army Corporal Alfred Kerlin – World War I – died November 1, 1918
  • Army Air Corps Lieutenant Kermit Fuch - World War II – April 11, 1944
  • Army Staff Sergeant Jose Riojas – World War II – July 28, 1944
  • Army Private First Class Roman Correa – World War II – October 16, 1944
  • Army Corporal Elias Lopez – World War II – January 25, 1945
  • Navy Machinist’s Mate Third Class Edmund Vorwerk – Korea – December 6, 1951
  • Marine Lance Corporal Doug Smith – Vietnam – November 4, 1972
  • Marine Sergeant Byron Norwood – Iraq – November 13, 2004

Scheduled to participate in the unveiling and dedication are a Missing Man Formation flyover by the Commemorative Air Force and a 21-Gun Salute, Taps and the Posting of the Colors by members of the VFW #8787. Pflugerville’s Hendrickson High School Band will play patriotic music throughout the program. Honored speakers will be Lieutenant Colonel Willy Buhl, US Marine Corps and Sergeant Major Jim Nier, US Army (retired).

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Pflugerville Shows their Patriotism at the Patriots' Celebration

Pflugerville's Gold Star Families
Pflugerville's Gold Star Families
The Pflugerville Patriots' Celebration was held on Saturday, August 13, 2005 benefiting the Fallen Warrior Memorial. The Celebration was a great success. The response from the community was great. There were many wonderful auction items that had been donated, including a Henry 22 caliber rifle and a pearl necklace with matching earrings.

The evening was filled with fun and glamour as Pflugerville's finest restaurants provided the heavy hors d'oerves. The over 150 crowd mingled and bid on the wonderful silent auction items while background music was provided by Tom & Renee Kesselring and Vernagene Mott.

Congressman McCaul
Congressman McCaul

The highlight of the evening was a moving speech by Congressman Michael T. McCaul and an energetic and fun live auction.

The volunteers that put together the event should be commended for their hard work and dedication to bring this fund raising event alive. Pfluger Hall was elegant and patriotic. Their hard work was obvious with every detail.

The Patriots Celebration was a glowing success and provided additional community awareness for the Fallen Warrior Memorial, as well as, providing additional funding for the project.

Thank you Pflugerville for your continued support and don't forget to mark your calendar for the Memorial dedication on November, 11, 2005.

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