SMITHVILLE, Texas (KXAN) - The community of Smithville dedicated the Smithville Veterans Memorial Park on Memorial Day.
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10) joined local officials to dedicate the park.
The park is dedicated to seven fallen military personnel from the Smithville area that passed away between 2006 and 2011.
The park honors Sgt. Mario Rodriguez, Jr., Lance Cpl. Cody R. Stanley, Captain Joshua Meadows, Spc. Joshua Ray Farris, Pfc. Tina Marie Priest, Chief Petty Officer Matthew Mills, and Army Staff Sgt. Joseph Altman.
In addition to the more traditional memorial and monument, the park also has a cihldren's water recreation area.
The park has been in development since 2010 when Smithville mayor Mark Brunte started plans for development.
Since 2011, the City has partnered with the Friends of the Smithville Texas Veterans Memorial Park, an all-volunteer organization, to help with marketing and fundraising.
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