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Harris County War Memorial Monument

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Harris County War Memorial in Bear Creek Pioneers Park

Harris County War Memorial in Bear Creek Pioneers Park

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.

The dead soldier's silence sings our national anthem.

— Rev. Aaron Kilbourn

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.

“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

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.

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

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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.

“Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes. Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost.”

— Robert A. Heinlein


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


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 30, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

Thanks for your comment. As you wrote, it is a fitting memorial.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 30, 2020:

A fitting honour to those who sacrificed their lives so that others may live. Thank you for sharing this.

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

It is a beautiful memorial. This park is very near to where we live.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 27, 2020:

Serene, poignant and beautiful. Thanks for highlighting this somber place and the sacrifices represented therein.

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

Hi Liz,

Yes, it is generally the young who suffer the most losses in the case of war. Wouldn't it be fantastic if no one else ever had to suffer the same fate?

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

Hi Raymond,

Yes, the price of freedom is never free for those who serve our country or others around the world. These memorials bear witness to that fact.

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

Hi Manatita,

It sounds as though your brother has led an interesting life. I'm glad you enjoyed the video.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 27, 2020:

This reminds me of war cemeteries that we have visited in Europe and also in the UK. So sad to read the inscriptions and to see the young ages.

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

Hi Bill,

I am not sure about this particular installation, but in general, much of it is donated by philanthropists and corporations. The Houston Arts Alliance also often helps fund projects around our city. You can read more about that entity here:

I was amazed at all of the public art in Portland, Oregon, when we vacationed in that state many years ago. I found out that commercial buildings had to have a certain amount of their budget set aside for public art.

Raymond Philippe from The Netherlands on March 27, 2020:

War memorials always catch my attention. They give me a moment to reflect on the cost of freedom.

A lot of Americans, Canadians and Australians (amongst many other nations) have lost their lives during wars in Europe.

They paid the highest price for our freedom.

manatita44 from london on March 27, 2020:

My brother, God's willing, is still alive. He gave over 20 years service to the American Army and then went into secret surveillance for quite some more years before he finally retired, I think.

I seldom knew where he was and we never knew what he did.

Your videos are becoming more useful to me to enhance the beauty of your Hubs and I find the music here quite soothing, as it should be, perhaps.

Funny that there is so much beauty in all things, even amidst the chasms and gorges. Stay well.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 27, 2020:

So very cool! Who pays for all of this artwork and public monuments? The city? Through taxes approved by the citizenry? Just curious.

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