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The Veterans Memorial is located at Rotary Park in Mission, Texas. The Memorial is being erected to honor the veterans of Mission — those who served in war and in peacetime, concentrating on the veterans of World Wars I and II, the Korean War and Vietnam. A large eagle statue is perched on the top of a monolith-type monument that bears the names of all Mission natives killed in action. In addition, there are plans to include 5 life-sized statues representing the five branches of the military, as well as granite that lists all Mission natives who have served in the armed forces. Two Howitzer cannons were transferred from the Hidalgo County Courthouse to the Veterans Memorial, as well as a tank.
The Veterans Memorial is in large part due to the selfless efforts of former Councilman Leo Peña. The project first began in 1982, but has rapidly developed in the last 10 years. In July 2000, Councilman Peña founded the organization, Assisting and Caring for Everyone (ACE), which helped collect funds for the Project. The Mission City Council appropriated additional funds for the project.
The Veterans Memorial is an endeavor by those who have reaped the benefits of the countless American heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as those who served, to honor these brave souls and will serve as a lasting testament to the heroic citizens of Mission. These brave men and women serve as a beacon to the future of Mission.