Veterans and family and friends of veterans who are residents of Austin County now have an opportunity to add the name of a loved one to the Austin County Veteran’s Memorial located in Bellville.
The memorial’s five star base represents the five branches of service-Marine Corps, Navy, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Currently there are 1,620 bricks in the memorial representing veterans from the American Civil War to the war in Iraq.
The memorial, located in the city park at the county fairgrounds across from Coshatte Hall, was built through the efforts of Harold Remmert and Henry Grawunder. Though there was a decided need for a veteran’s memorial, action wasn’t taken until March of 1999 when Remmert and Grawunder held a meeting with members of the American Legion and the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars.
Ground was broken the first week of June and Remmert remembered things began to snowball.
“All we wanted was to get enough (donations) to build the memorial,” he recalled. Selling the bricks at $35 each was thought to provide sufficient funds to build the memorial as originally planned.
“When other donations came in we added more things to the memorial site than we had planned,” remembered Remmert.
Working seven days a week Remmert and Grawunder, with the help of many volunteers, had the memorial ready with 700 bricks for the dedication ceremony on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 1999.
The cost of $75,000 for the memorial was raised through the sale of bricks and donations.
The pedestal for additional bricks frame the outside of the star base and allow an additional 850 spaces.
Any veteran who served in the armed forces in war or peacetime may now have a brick placed in the Memorial Wall by a resident of Austin County.Cost is $50 per brick.
Please contact Harold Remmert at (979) 865-2944, Weldon Haevischer (979) 865-5188, or Bill Farrell (979) 865-2753 for more information.