Harris County War Memorial Monument in Bear Creek Park
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Harris County War Memorial
This is actually a series of monuments originated in 1985. The location of this poignant grouping of monuments is in Bear Creek Pioneers Park. This is a Harris County park just outside the Houston city limits to the west.
Sadly, names are being continually added. They honor residents of Harris County who lost their lives fighting for our country in wars starting from World War I and going forwards.
Names of servicemen and women who died in war zones at the time of this writing number around 2,000+ departed souls.
Monuments include those of World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, 1st Persian Gulf War, and the ongoing Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Also appropriate is a U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. Coast Guard monument for those who have lost their lives while in defense of our country.
Carved on the World War I monument is the following: Protecting The Spirit Of Democracy From Ever Being Obliterated.
On the World War II monument is written the following: Preserving Democratic Freedom From Totalitarian Regimes Bent on World Conquest.
What can be read on the Vietnam War monument is this: Defending American Ideals Of Freedom And Democracy Against Communist Forces In Southeast Asia.
There is also a small marker for soldiers who have perished but have never been identified. In many cases their unidentified bodies lie in graves overseas. Sad to say that they are destined never to be returned to family members or those who cared for them here in America.
For anyone wishing to add the name of a Harris County resident to this war memorial, all they need do is to contact the Precinct 3 park’s office by calling this number: 281-531-1592.
Every Memorial Day ceremonies are conducted on this site at 2:00 P.M.
This roofed structure between monuments honoring our fallen soldiers and one with the Pledge of Allegiance inscribed on the opposite side offers a great area for people to sit on benches under shade. Kids can learn how to ride tricycles or roller skate under parental supervision among other things.
This area of the park makes one pause and reflect upon the sacrifices of our military. That includes individuals and their families…not only those who have shed their precious blood and lives for us and who are memorialized at this site.
We should take time to honor all of those brave men and women from the past and those who currently serve our country. They risk everything in order for the rest of us to be able to enjoy the freedom and liberties which we hold dear.
Below is a video showing the war memorial as a small portion of Bear Creek Pioneers Park.
Location of the Harris County Park War Memorial: 3535 War Memorial St., Houston, Texas 77084.