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Fallen Warrior Memorial groundbreaking kicks off local fund raising efforts

By Mel Spencer
Assistant Editor
Pflugerville Pflag
Reprinted with permission from The Pflugerville Pflag
Issue date: April 21, 2005

Today at 4 p.m. the groundbreaking for the Pflugerville Fallen Warrior Memorial at Pfluger Park will mark the beginning of fund-raising and other activities for the memorial. The first fund-raising event will be a *censored*tail party held at the clubhouse of Falcon Pointe directly following the groundbreaking ceremony.

There will be an active or retired representative of each member of the armed services, some of the relatives of those Pflugerville soldiers who have died and Victoria Miller, a representative from Rep. Michael McCaul’s office will attend. Members of the Pflugerville High School Panther band will perform.

The life-sized bronze sculpture, designed by Pflugerville artist Britta Herzog and sculpted by Austin artist Cindy Burleson, will be located along the hike and bike trail next to Gilleland Creek. The sculpture depicts three generations of soldiers, standing in front of a granite pentagon upon which will be engraved the names of fallen warriors from Pflugerville. Limestone amphitheater-style seating will provide the backdrop for the pentagon and sculptures. The US, Texas and City flags are also worked into the design. Landscaped walks will invite visitors into the memorial. Committee members hope to dedicate the memorial in ceremonies on Veteran's Day, November 11. Estimates for the memorial are approximately $65,000 and preliminary estimates for the site work are approximately $35,000. “We need to raise $60,000 [by May] to place the order for the bronze,” committee member Mike Marsh, said.

Funding for the memorial is being provided exclusively by citizens and companies. So far, Wal-Mart has committed to the project and committee members are preparing information to send to Target and other large retailers in the area. Currently, $1,500 has been collected.

“Some was given in kind,” Marsh said. He explained that, for example, Kinkos and Kwik Sign have both donated products and services.

The committee is operating as a project under the umbrella of the Pfriends for Pflugerville’s Pfuture non-profit group. What began as grassroots effort by a few citizens to honor Pflugerville’s fallen soldiers following the funeral of Sgt. Byron Norwood, has quickly grown. In fact, Dateline NBC will document the Norwood family during the dedication ceremony in November as a part of a memorial program on the families of fallen soldiers of each branch of the military. The show will air on the Discovery Channel’s new military channel. “The process we’ve been through has been really interesting,” Marsh said. “There is no collective written history, just tremendous oral history and family history. We are having to uncover these oral histories.”

Marsh encourages Pflugerville residents to come forward to any committee member if they know anything about a veteran from the area.

For more information on the Pflugerville Fallen Warrior Memorial visit the committee’s Web site at www.fallenwarriormemorial.org. If you or someone you know has information on a Pflugerville veteran, contact Mike Marsh at 512-990-9097 or Kathy Ellis at The City of Pflugerville at 512-990-4363.

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Memorial Site Planning Underway

By Mel Spencer
Assistant Editor
Pflugerville Pflag
Reprinted with permission from The Pflugerville Pflag
Issue date: March 3, 2005

Planning for the Fallen Soldier Memorial is in full swing. Committee members met with Glen Holzer, director of parks and recreation, Feb. 24 at the future site near Gilleland Creek in Pfluger Park to review some of the rules and building regulations for the site and look at the new design. After learning four Pflugerville residents died in World War I and none died in Vietnam, the design for the Fallen Soldier Memorial was changed. The memorial now will include a bronze sculpture representing soldiers from World War I, World War II and a contemporary soldier. The committee is currently gathering information on cost and other details associated with the project. “Each statue will cost approximately $20,000 to produce,” Mike Marsh, Fallen Soldier Memorial committee chairman said. Other plans include an amphitheater and granite engraved with names of fallen soldiers from Pflugerville. Pflugerville artist Britta Herzog created the design and Austin sculptor Cindy Burleson will create the statues. A seating area is also being incorporated to allow visitors to reflect and pay their respects.

“Burleson likes the idea that people can walk up to her sculptures and touch them,” Marsh said.

Jaime Gori, Pflugerville resident and owner of Smextra Construction read the Feb. 10 article on the sculpture in the Pflugerville Pflag and volunteered his services. Gori has worked on numerous public art, fountains and other structures in the area, including the fountain in the quad at Concordia University. He is currently working on a “soundscape” project planned for Zilker Park in Austin.

The committee has also received word from Wal-Mart representatives that the company is interested in helping in some way. “We are definately interested in participating in that project,” Trey Salinas, of Martin and Salinas Public Affairs, the company that does project appointments for Wal-Mart in Central Texas, said. “It sounds like a great project.”

For information on the memorial, or to donate money, contact Mike Marsh at 512-990-9097.

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Committee Plans Memorial for Pflugerville's Fallen

By Kathy Ellis
Contributor
Pflugerville Pflag
Reprinted with permission from The Pflugerville Pflag
Issue date: February 10, 2005

During the Feb. 2 State of the Union Address, President Bush acknowledged Pflugerville resident’s William and Janet Norwood whose son, Marine Sergeant Byron Norwood, was killed in action last year in Fallujah, Iraq.

The loss of Sgt. Norwood deeply touched members of the Pflugerville community and more than 1,000 friends and family of Sgt. Norwood attended services honoring him at the Pflugerville High School Fine Arts Center. Late last year a group of citizens began gathering support and searching for a way to memorialize Sgt. Norwood’s sacrifice for his country.

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