Size: 150 Acres
Classification: Regional Athletic Park
Date Acquired: 1999
Purchase Price: $1,500,000
** VIRTUAL TOUR **AMENITIES
- Athletic Fields (Soccer/Softball/Baseball)
- American Pavilion
- Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial
- Richard Carter Water Oak Quercus Nigra
Circumference: 195 inches, average crown: 70 feet high: 70 feet (State champion Water Oak is 340 points. This tree has 283 points, putting it at the number seven Water Oak in the State of Texas.)
BRAZOS VALLEY VETERANS MEMORIAL
Memorial for all Veterans of the Brazos Valley, Inc. was chartered as a non-profit corporation by the State of Texas on July 17, 2000. The sole purpose is to recognize and honor the service and sacrifices of all American veterans past, present and future. The unique Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial was the vision of many local veterans, friends and organizations. It was developed with the generous financial support of numerous individuals and organizations along with the long term commitment of Cities of Bryan, College Station and Brazos County Commissioners Court.
The memorial was formally dedicated on Nov. 10, 2002. Former President George H.W. Bush spoke at the site with these words: “The Brazos Valley Community can stand proud. The names that mark the memorial showcase the sons and daughters who gave dedicated service to our nation, so that future generations can share the freedoms we enjoy. Their task was great and their sacrifice even greater, but their legacy stands firm and their memories burn bright.”
The bronze sculpture mounted atop the massive 250 ton Texas granite base is the work of artist Robert Eccleston from Schuyler Falls, New York. His proposal was selected from 120 entries. He served as an Army Ranger and was a Captain in the 10th Mountain Division before his career as an artist. The Red granite Wall of Honor lists more than 4,800 names of veterans from all periods of United States history, including 24 United States Presidents who served in the military and seven Texas A&M University former students who received the Medal of Honor. In May 2002, Mr. Don Adam, Chairman of The Adam Corporation, gave a major gift to the Memorial Board which ensured success of the initial project. In gratitude for all Mr. Adam has done on behalf the memorial, the plaza is now known as the Louis L. Adam Memorial Plaza in honor of his father, a U.S. Army veteran.
LYNN STUART PATHWAY
The memorials are located along a half-mile trail known as the Lynn Stuart Pathway. The pathway was dedicated on Sept. 22, 2006 in honor of Brigadier General Louis Lynn Stuart, USA, who provided critical support and leadership in the creation of the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial. The historically correct bronze statues at these memorial sites along the pathway provide strong visual images to portray the look of our brave veterans throughout our nation’s history. Others will be added over the next few years as funding is available.
May 31, 2005 - The War on Terror Memorial - This is the first of several memorials planned to commemorate the major wars the United States has fought.
July 1, 2010 - The American Revolution Memorial features a dramatic bronze Continental soldier named Liberty or Death.
Oct. 2, 2010 - Come and Take It was dedicated to the heroes of the War for Texas Independence on the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Gonzales.
Nov. 11, 2010 - marking the 50th anniversary of the Korean War, a dual bronze statue entitled Katchi Kapshida (We Go Together) features the likeness of a Korean soldier and an American soldier standing to together to face the enemy.
Dec. 7, 2011 - Day of Infamy was dedicated honoring those who fought in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. - view photos
June 1, 2012 - Don't Give Up the Ship was dedicated honoring those who fought in the War of 1812.
Nov. 11, 2013 - Letters from Home, an Army infantryman representing the World War II European Theater of Operations and a US Army infantryman
May 2014 - Hot LZ, a life size bronze fuselage of a Huey helicopter hovering over the ground as it drops off soldiers during the Vietnam War
For more information about the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial, visit bvvm.org.
Everyone is invited to enjoy this beautiful place and to reflect on the service and sacrifices of our veterans and their families. The lasting value of this memorial is its investment in the education of future generations to share with them the fact that freedom comes at great cost and is not free.