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March 17, 2013

Local Medal of Honor ceremony March 23

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Since focusing on the park last year, the group has added several items. The City of Mineral Wells gave the park a play cannon that was going to be retired from West City Park. It now has a new coat of paint.

The group knew of a playground helicopter that was in city storage and requested it for the park.

The helicopter was built by Perry Equipment Founder Dunman Perry, in honor of the helicopter pilots who trained at Fort Wolters. It also sports a new coat of paint – the same vibrant “International Orange” as the gate and as the original Fort Wolters' training helicopters that flew in the skies over Mineral Wells.

Mineral Wells Junior High School art teacher Jacki Bandy and her husband, Gary, repainted the jungle-gym helicopter and placed it at the park, much to the delight of many people who had fond memories of playing on the apparatus or viewing the helicopter at West City Park in the past.

Those coming to the March 23 dedication might consider arriving early, prior to the motorcycle riders who are estimated to arrive around 9:50 a.m. The ribbon cutting and ceremony begin at 10 a.m., and includes music and guest speakers.

Creighton said she expects to have U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway and State Rep. Jim Keffer on hand to say a few words and “There may be more.”

Lt.Col. Lee Evans, who is stationed at Fort Bragg, will do a special presentation from the Special Forces branch of the U.S Army.

“The program should last about 45 minutes,” Creighton noted. “If you care to bring a folding chair, that would be good. In case of bad weather, the ceremony will be held at the Mineral Wells Activity  building, further north from the park, near the City Gym.”

Veterans can also visit the Veterans Mobile Unit that will be parked across the street from Fort Wolters Historical Park. Information and questions can be presented at this unit.

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