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Whitney dedicates Veterans Memorial Park

An estimated 400 to 500 people were on hand for the dedication of the Whitney Veterans Memorial Park, located at 217 South Colorado Street, Saturday, November 11.

Keynote speaker Congressman Roger Williams delivered remarks, saying that he was honored to be present for the Veterans Day event.

“When Americans see this park, they will see strength, they will see honor and they will see bravery,” Williams said.

“When they see this park, they will feel the courage that each and every veteran displayed during their time of service. It is my hope that our veterans will feel the love and the gratitude that we feel for them every single day every time we wake up in the land of the free and the land of the brave,” he added.

The memorial is an effort of Operation Greater Love, a faith-based group of volunteers from the Lake Whitney area with the goal to give back to veterans. Over 300 engraved pavers have already been placed in the park.

In 2016, the group began its efforts by building a new home for U.S. Air Force veteran Christopher Wolff, along with his wife, Kellie, and the couple’s two young daughters.

Wolff was also on hand for the dedication and commended Operation Greater Love for its work.

“I’m glad that we have a place now that we can call our own, not somewhere we have to drive, but somewhere when we’re feeling like we want to pay respect that we can come to,” Wolff said.

After completing the Wolff home, Operation Greater Love began working on the memorial park, which contains the pavers honoring veterans. The City of Whitney donated the land for the project.

Whitney Mayor Kristen Miller spoke to the crowd, saying the city is honored to be able to donate the land. “Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard on this memorial from the beginning to the end,” the mayor said. “It is a beautiful and sacred place that we can all be proud of.”

The mayor added, “I hope that you will use this park to teach your children and grandchildren the sacrifices that were made for our freedom.”

Local officials, veterans and musicians were also on hand for the day’s events.

There is still plenty of room for pavers to be added to the park, and they may be purchased for $150. To purchase an engraved brick paver or for more information, visit http://www.operationgreaterlove.org.