Lakeway veterans or their families have until Aug. 15 to apply for a veteran’s name to be added to the Spirit of Freedom Monument in time for Veteran's Day this year.
The Lakeway Heritage Committee annually solicits the names of veterans eligible to be added to the monument at Lakeway Heritage Park next to the Lakeway Heritage Center for recognition on Veteran's Day each year. The engravings will be completed in October with the ceremony tentatively scheduled for early November.
Originally dedicated on the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, the monument honors and provides a perpetual reflection of local residents who served or presently serve in our armed forces during periods of armed conflict. Eligibility includes those now living or having lived within the Lakeway extra-territorial jurisdiction. The center obelisk lists names of those veterans who served during World War II. Separate panels list the names of veterans from the Korean and Vietnam wars. The most recent additions to the monument are the panels nearest to the flags; this allows the addition of names over time, and is not specific to any period of armed conflict.
Nearly 1,100 past or present Lakeway residents have responded to the call of our country during critical times in our history. More than 120 of these Lakeway veterans have passed away since the monument was dedicated in 1995. A tax-deductible donation of $160 is required for each name to be engraved for World War II through Vietnam. Post-Vietnam names require a donation of $175. Regretfully, there is no space remaining for World War II U.S. Navy veterans’ names. Space is very limited for World War II U.S. Army and Army Air Corps veterans as well.
For information, call Lakeway Heritage Center at 512-608-9533 or email email@example.com.