By LIBBY CLUETT | Lone Star News Group
MINERAL WELLS – Located in far western Parker County, Fort Wolters Historical Park will come alive Saturday morning as the Fort Wolters Gate Committee, veterans, community and dignitaries offer a public dedication of the new Medal of Honor Memorial.
The ceremony takes place north of the entrance of Wolters Industrial Park, at the “Y” in the road. Enter on Washington Street off U.S. 180 and go under the arched gate flanked by two Vietnam-era training helicopters.
Organizers suggest that anyone planning to attend might want to come early, since parking is limited and this event gets rumbling prior to 10 a.m. – with a ride-by by the American Legion Riders and others riding around the park at about 9:50 a.m.
In case of rain, the ceremony will take place in the City of Mineral Wells Activity Center, located at 735 Hood Road, also in Wolters Industrial Park.
The dedication is expected to last about 45 minutes. At 10 a.m., there will be a ribbon cutting for the new memorial honoring 14 Medal of Honor recipients who trained in Mineral Wells – either at Camp Wolters, during World War II, or at Fort Wolters, during the Vietnam War. See below, the list of names and dates they served locally.
Also among Saturday’s dedication itinerary will be an honor guard and flag salute by North Texas Veterans Association and music performed by the Mineral Wells High School Choir, which will precede speaker comments.
U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway and state Rep. Jim Keffer will offer some remarks. Following the legislators are Bill Knight, brother of Garner native and WWII Medal of Honor awardee Jack Knight, and Lt. Col. Lee Evans, a MWHS graduate and officer in the U.S. Army Special Forces. Evans will also present a flag display.