New park to open with Veterans’ ceremony

Special to the PRESS

Laguna Vista officials will honor the community’s patriots in a Veterans’ Day Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. at the new Veterans Park on FM 510. The public is invited to attend.

South Padre Island Mayor Bob Pinkerton, a Vietnam War veteran, will serve as keynote speaker for the ceremony.

Representatives from local Boy Scout and Cub Scout organizations will participate in various aspects of the ceremony, and the engraved brick pavers honoring the service of local veterans who served in military service in defense of the United States, will be unveiled, according to Laguna Vista City Manager Rolando Vela.

“We have 110 bricks purchased to-date to honor our veterans,” Vela said. “We had one gentleman come in recently who bought four bricks to honor veterans he knows,” he added. Deadline to purchase bricks to be installed prior to Veterans Day has passed, but orders will continue to be sold for installation prior to Memorial Day in May, he added.

The bricks measure to 8 by 8 inches in size, and the cost per engraved brick pavers is $50.

Certain guidelines for wording on the bricks will be imposed to ensure respectful tributes. Veterans may purchase the bricks, or non-veterans can buy a brick to honor a friend or loved one. Wording on the brick could include the name, military rank, branch of service and possibly the war or campaign in which the honoree served.

To purchase a brick, call Laguna Vista City Hall at (956) 943-1297.

The brick tribute was initiated by the Laguna Vista Parks Board, which recommended implementation of the plan to the Town Council.

Veterans Park is located on 1.3 acres of land fronting Santa Isabel Blvd. and flanked by Morris Street and Taylor Ave.

Conceptual work was completed by GMS Architects of Brownsville.

Funding for the park improvements comes from $1.5 million in certificates of obligation approved in 2011 by the Town Council for creation and upgrades to four community parks. The Town Council awarded the contract for development of a master plan for the parks to GMS Architects of Brownsville.

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