Texas War Memorial Announces
“The Price of Liberty” Monument Unveiling on State Capitol Grounds
AUSTIN, Texas (September 14, 2017) – Texas War Memorial announced a new monument on Texas grounds – “The Price of Liberty” Memorial. The monument is to honor services members from all branches of service, and their families, serving in the Global War on Terror. The unveiling and dedication ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2017.
The dedication of “The Price of Liberty” is to thank, honor and recognize the fallen and all veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice after September 11, 2001.
“I appreciate the opportunity to work with my fellow legislators on such an important project,” said Chairman Roland Gutierrez.“We all owe our deepest respect and a debt of gratitude to those who served our country.”
The statue, sculpted by Sandra Van Zandt, portrays a service member and family parting ways for an overseas deployment in the Global War on Terror. There is a foreshadowing of a poignant outcome, as the service member may pay the ultimate sacrifice. The spouse’s reluctance to let go of her husband’s hand reflects the known potential price to be paid. The daughter is holding the triangular funeral flag she will receive in the future. Lady Liberty is extracting the “Price of Liberty.” The “Liberty” figure depicted on the monument was modeled after “The Goddess of Liberty” atop the Texas Capitol, reflecting Texas history, patriotism and pride.
“We have been working for years to build this monument with veterans, legislators, community leaders and services members and their families,” said Colonel (Retired) James Stryker, the Chair of the Texas War Memorial Board. “As Texans, we owe it to our service members and their families to honor them and provide a place for reflection, a place for healing, and a place for fellow Texans to pause and recognize our Veterans’ and families’ sacrifices.”
On the eve of the dedication ceremony, sponsors and contributors will be invited to a dinner where they will be joined by wounded warriors, Gold Star families (families who have lost a loved one in the Global War on Terror) and various representatives from different military branches. Lieutenant General Rick Lynch will keynote the program.
“I am honored to be part of ‘The Price of Liberty’ unveiling ceremonies,” said Lieutenant General Rick Lynch. “The event is an opportunity to honor the 225,000 Texas Veterans who have fought and over 600 who sacrificed their lives for Texas and our nation. We also recognize their families, who supported their loved ones as they answered the call to protect our liberty.”
On December 2nd at 10:00am, the monument will be dedicated at the State Capitol Complex at 12th Street and San Jacinto, in Austin, Texas. Immediately following the dedication, a BBQ lunch will be hosted for all attendees on the east lawn of the Capitol. All guests will enjoy live music and fellowship with the service men and women and their families celebrating the spirit of “The Price of Liberty.”
Legislators, including Members of the House Defense and Veterans’ Affairs Committee, the Senate Veteran Affairs & Border Security Committee and the authors of the House and Senate Concurrent Resolution 70, authorizing the construction of “The Price of Liberty” Memorial will serve as the Honorary Legislative Host Committee.
The Legislative Host Committee includes Senator Brian Birdwell, Senator Donna Campbell, Senator Craig Estes, Senator Bob Hall, Senator Lois Kolkhorst, Senator Borris Miles, Senator Jose Rodriguez, Senator Larry Taylor, Senator Carlos Uresti, Senator Kirk Watson, Representative Diana Arevalo, Representative Trent Ashby, Representative Cesar Blanco, Representative Dennis Bonnen, Representative Briscoe Cain, Representative Sarah Davis, Representative Dan Flynn, Representative Roland Gutierrez, Representative Jason Isaac, Representative Celia Israel, Representative Stan Lambert, Representative Mando Martinez, Representative Will Metcalf, Representative Ina Minjarez, Representative Tom Oliverson, Representative Kevin Roberts, Representative Leighton Schubert, Representative Tony Tinderholt and Representative John Zerwas, M.D.
For more information about sponsoring, visit http://priceoflibertyevents.com/sponsorships.
To attend “The Price of Liberty” Monument Unveiling, visit https://priceoflibertybbq.eventbrite.com.