Harris County War Memorial Monument
Harris County War Memorial
A series of monuments that originated in 1985 is at the Harris County War Memorial. The location of this poignant grouping of monuments is in Bear Creek Pioneers Park. This park 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.
Wording on the Monuments
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.
The dead soldier's silence sings our national anthem.— Rev. Aaron Kilbourn
Location and Contact Information
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.
Location of the Harris County Park War Memorial: 3535 War Memorial St., Houston, Texas 77084.
Freedom is not free, everyday soldiers give their lives so that we can live ours.— Nathaniel Mepham
Pavilion at The Harris County War Memorial
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. We should also think about the sacrifices of their families. They risk everything for the rest of us to be able to enjoy the freedom and liberties which we hold dear. Every Memorial Day ceremonies are conducted on this site at 2:00 P.M.
Below is a video showing the war memorial as a small portion of Bear Creek Pioneers Park.
We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made.— James A. Garfield
Do you have a family member's name inscribed on a war memorial because they died in service to our country?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Peggy Woods