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Fallen Warriors Memorial in Northwest Houston

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Fallen Warriors Memorial

Fallen Warriors Memorial

Beautiful Remembrance

The Fallen Warriors Memorial in the northwest portion of Houston is very touching. I can well imagine that it brings some solace to the friends and particularly the family members who view this impressive display.

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Viewing Memorials

Many years ago, we went to the exhibit of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. It was temporarily here in Houston. The permanent one is in Washington.

Both of my brothers served in that war during the 1960s. Jim was in the Army, and John served in the Navy. While we did not personally know anyone whose name was on that wall, it brought tears to my eyes as the names were somberly read off one by one.

My brother Jim who flew aboard the Huey helicopters, had many of his compatriots lose their lives during that war. So some of them would have been my brother's army buddies.

Cheryl Whitfield

This particular memorial came about because of one lady by the name of Cheryl Whitfield. Cheryl Whitfield founded the non-profit organization called the National Memorial Ladies in 2008 and served as the president.

Those ladies attend the services at our beautiful Houston National Cemetery when our military men and women are laid to rest. Their mission is honoring those who lose their lives, protecting the rest of us in the cause of freedom.

One day she came up with the idea of creating a lasting memorial outside of the gravesites of the fallen heroes. She wanted people to know the soldier's names, keep their memories alive, and have a place where the families of the fallen could gather in remembrance.

Support for The Memorial

Support came from donors, both large and small. Some people chose to honor their loved ones by purchasing plaques or bricks. Others wished to have chiseled remembrances installed in slabs on the exterior surrounding the memorial.

The Cy Champ Utility District donated the land. It operates and maintains the Cy Champ Park, which has a running trail and nature path.

Dedication of Fallen Warriors Memorial

Dedication of this memorial must have been beautiful to attend. On October 6, 2012, it took place with some congressional representation and groups of people like the Boy Scouts, a school choir, and elementary school students.

Patriot Guard Riders are motorcycle riders who attend gravesite services showing respect for the fallen and their families. They also protect the grieving families from protestors who could disrupt services. The Patriot Guard Riders were also in attendance during the opening ceremony.

There was a flyover by two T 45 Goshawks, which are jet flight training aircraft. They came from the Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Texas. Also, making a flyover was a UH 1 Huey Helicopter...the same type my brother would have been flying in as a crew chief. The Huey Helicopters were mainly used for medical evacuations during Vietnam as they could get in and out more quickly than larger aircraft.

Landscaping Around The Memorial

Michael Murr was consulted to do the landscape design. It is a beautiful setting with trees cradling one side of the memorial and open parkland to the back. From the parking lot, one walks through a wooded area before getting to the monument.

Security cameras are in place to protect the Fallen Warriors Memorial from any defacing or mischief-makers. The overall design of the memorial is pleasing to see.

View of Fallen Warriors Memorial

View of Fallen Warriors Memorial

Description of the Fallen Warriors Memorial

There is an 8-foot central granite centerpiece with the soldier's boots, helmet, and rifle on top—four large black granite walls with inscribed names of the fallen fan out like spokes on a wheel.

The granite walls contain the names of soldiers from Texas who have shed their lives. Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Enduring Freedom are all represented. Sadly there is room for more names, and they will undoubtedly be added as time passes. More than 600 names are already listed. Each of those people had families and loved ones.

Red benches are there for people who wish to sit and spend a bit more time. Supposedly the color symbolizes the bloodshed by the fallen soldiers.

While the memorial is not massive in terms of overall size when one considers the number of lives it represents, it is enormous in terms of symbolism and meaning.
As Americans, we live in the "land of the free." We must always be thankful for those who risk their lives for us in maintaining that freedom.

You can locate this very touching memorial here: 14500 Cutten Road, Houston, Texas 77069.

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© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 15, 2020:

Hi Rosina,

We have more than one memorial in the Houston area honoring those who have given their lives while in service to country. The setting of the Fallen Warriors Memorial is pretty. Thanks for the virtual visit and your comment.

Rosina S Khan on October 15, 2020:

I am impressed that there is a Fallen Warriors Memorial in Houston. Its design seems very fascinating. A perfect tribute to the soldiers of America who have given up their lives in different kinds of wars.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 29, 2020:

Hi MG Singh,

Fallen heroes deserve recognition for their sacrifices with memorials like this one plus many others around our country. I am happy to showcase it here for you and others to view.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on July 28, 2020:

I liked this article very much because fallen heroes must be remembered.I haven't been to this place and now with the virus rampant, I don't think I'll ever be able to go there. All the same, it was a pleasure reading about it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 23, 2020:

Hi C E Clark,

You are undoubtedly correct in your assessment of the human condition. Thanks for the shares and good wishes. Wishing the same for you.

C E Clark from North Texas on July 23, 2020:

Excellent article about a wonderful memorial. Would be great if we didn't need any more of these memorials and could find better ways to resolve our differences without war, but I don't' suppose that will ever happen, given the nature of humans.

Posting this to AH & FB.

Hope you are staying safe and cool. Take care . . .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 28, 2020:

Hello, Dr. Kulsum Mehmood,

It is unfortunate that memorials like this even have to exist because of wars. Remembering our fallen heroes, however, is the least we can do to honor them. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 28, 2020:

Hi Ruby,

It is sobering when one sees war memorial such as this. It reflects the sadness shared by so many families!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 28, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Yes, those personalized circles obviously have special meaning to those who paid for that extra touch in this memorial.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 28, 2020:

Greetings Prateek,

I am pleased that you enjoyed looking at this Fallen Warriors Memorial from afar. Thanks for your comment.

Dr Kulsum Mehmood from Nagpur, India on April 27, 2020:

The Ultimate Sacrifice Peggy ..... Undying Martyrdom ..... we are proud of them ..... and their supreme sacrifice will be remembered and hailed for times immemorial ..... God Bless .....

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 27, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

Yes, whether we personally know the names on these memorials or not, we can all share in the honoring of those who gave their lives in service of our country.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 27, 2020:

How sad that 600 were lost in needless wars. I saw the one in Washington. We lost so many in WWII. The memorial there in Houston is beautiful. Thank you for sharing this.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 27, 2020:

Hi Liz,

Yes, the numbers of lives lost in wars since the two world wars are shocking. The worst part of all is that they continue, which is so sad. These war memorials are a reminder of the price we pay.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 27, 2020:

What a way to honor the fallen. I particularly thought that the personalized circles were sweet remembrances.

Prateek Jain from Madhya Pradesh, India on April 26, 2020:

Very beautifully portrayed. Loved to read your articles. Keep writing mam.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 26, 2020:

This Fallen Warrior Memorial is really nice. My husband served in the Air Force in Vietnam and spent a lot of time riding in those helicopters. I believe I told you once before that I saw the memorial In Washington and it broke my heart to see names of boys I went to school with.

Any way we can honor our fallen heros is great as far as I am concerned. It is nice to know that different people cared enough to build this memorial.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 26, 2020:

This is a beautiful memorial. In the UK we have many memorials dating back to the First and Second World Wars. It's shocking to appreciate how many lives have been lost in more recent conflicts like Vietnam.