Memorial Site Planning Underway

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.

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

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