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March 22, 2013

Long-awaited memorial dedication tomorrow

By LIBBY CLUETT

Fort Wolters Historical Park will come alive Saturday morning as the Fort Wolters Gate Committee, veterans, the community and dignitaries offer a public dedication of the new Medal of Honor Memorial.

The ceremony takes place north of the entrance of Fort Wolters Industrial Park at the “Y” in the road. Organizers suggest that anyone planning to attend might want to come early, since parking is limited and this event gets rumbling prior to 10 a.m. with a ride-by by the American Legion Riders and others riding around the park at about 9:50 a.m.

In case of rain, the ceremony will take place in the City of Mineral Wells Activity Center, located at 735 Hood Road, also in Fort Wolters Industrial Park.

The dedication is expected to last about 45 minutes. At 10 a.m., there will be a ribbon cutting for the new memorial honoring 14 Medal of Honor recipients who trained in Mineral Wells – either at Camp Wolters during World War II, or at Fort Wolters during the Vietnam War. See below, the list of names and dates they served locally.

Also on Saturday's dedication itinerary will be an honor guard and flag salute by North Texas Veterans Association and music performed by the Mineral Wells High School Choir, which will precede speaker comments.

U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway and State Rep. Jim Keffer will offer some remarks. Following the legislators are Bill Knight, brother of Garner native and WWII Medal of Honor awardee Jack Knight, and Lt. Col. Lee Evans, a MWHS graduate and officer in the U.S. Army Special Forces. Evans will also present a flag display.

With assistance from the Boy Scouts and Civil Air Patrol, Wayne Sanderson will call the roll for each of the Medal of Honor recipients.

“This is a memorial that has nation-wide significance, because these 14 people were from all parts of the country and were trained at Camp Wolters or Fort Wolters,” said Fort Wolters Gate Committee Secretary Mary Creighton.

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