Carrollton Dedicates Memorials to Local Veterans
The City of Carrollton Parks and Recreation department recently held a dedication ceremony in a newly developed area of McInnish Sports Complex aptly named Veterans Park.
Currently, the area provides a setting for three monuments recognizing fallen service members from Carrollton. PFC Michael E. Angerstein, USMC who was killed in Vietnam in 1967; CPL Nathaniel A. Aguirre, U.S. Army, killed in Iraq in 2006; and SSG Carlos A. Benitez, U.S. Army, killed in Afghanistan in 2003, were all honored in the November 14 ceremony that saw nearly 200 attendees of friends, family members, and local veterans.
“There is an ongoing fundraising effort for future projects recognizing our local military members as well,” said former Carrollton Mayor Ron Branson. “Carrollton VFW Post 8923, American Legion Post 597, Carrollton Volunteers 501(c)(3), several Boy Scout Troops, and other volunteers will be providing additional amenities to the site over the next several years.”
Branson said the goal is to erect a duly impressive monument that will commemorate those men and women who stepped up to protect the country, and to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
“Some made the ultimate sacrifice, and others of us were fortunate to return to our friends, families, and families yet to be,” said Branson who served in the U.S. Air Force and fought in Vietnam from 1967-1968. “We all make up a fraternity with a bond that must never be compromised, nor forgotten.”
Parks and Recreation Director Scott Whitaker said “taking an existing soccer complex and renaming it Veterans Park should make all Carrollton citizens proud to recognize our military. This is a great partnership working with our veterans.”
Branson officiated the ceremony performing the field dedications, Councilmember Bob Garza delivered a proclamation from the City, and the Carrollton Community Chorus welcomed the crowd and performed the national anthem. Students from the R. L. Turner High School Navy JROTC program provided a color guard and presentation of arms.
For more information on the new Veterans Park in Carrollton, visit cityofcarrollton.com/parksandrec. For more information on fundraising plans, visit vfwpost8923.org.