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Memorial begins on a firm foundation

Memorial begins on a firm foundation
LA VERNIA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION Due to a generous donation by Mills Concrete Inc. of La Vernia, the foundation for the La Vernia Veterans Memorial has been poured in the city park. Visit for information on including your special veterans on this memorial.

Exciting progress is being made on the La Vernia Veterans Memorial, located in the La Vernia City Park. Thanks to a generous donation from Glenn and Jenean Mills, owners of Mills Concrete Inc. of La Vernia, the foundation has been poured for the memorial, a project of the La Vernia Historical Association. The association is grateful to Mills, whose own father was a veteran.

“I wanted to do something for this memorial to show my appreciation for my father’s service and that of so many others,” Mills said.

The electric lighting materials were generously donated by Mark Luensmann and his family, who also wished to show their deep appreciation to veterans.

“We just wanted to do whatever we could to say ’thank you’ to the men and women who have served our country,” Luensmann said.

The association also appreciates the hardworking construction crews, along with volunteers Kip Workman, the project construction chairman; his assistant, Neil Johnson; Graham Lawrence, and others who donated many hours of hard physical work for the site preparation.

The next phase of the project will see the placement of five 7-foot-tall pylons, which will create a star feature and walls for the names of veterans, along with the construction of the Patriots Pathway leading up to the monument.

It’s not too late for veterans’ names to be included on the monument walls. Veterans do not have to live in La Vernia, but must be honorably discharged. The cost is $50 and includes three lines of personalization about the veteran. There is no deadline, but price increases may become necessary as the project continues.

There are more ways supporters can show their appreciation for these veterans, such as the purchase of personalized bricks along the Patriots Pathway, benches which can be inscribed with the name of a veteran, and monetary donations. Major donors will be listed on a special monument at the site.

The association currently is holding a fundraiser to help with Phase II of the memorial. Tickets are available online, at the La Vernia News, Sue’s Antiques, and at The Den on Friday evenings.

Visit for details or call LV Veterans Memorial board Chairman Walter Scull at 830-779-2461.

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