The Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial was created by a grass roots organization of county citizens representing the communities of Ben Wheeler, Canton, Colfax, Edgewood, Edom, Fruitvale, Grand Saline, Martins Mill, Myrtle Springs, Van, Wills Point and surrounding East Texas areas.
“To create and perpetuate a Memorial that honors the Sons and Daughters of Van Zandt County, Texas who left to fight for freedom and never returned, with a place of beauty and reverence where families and comrades can find peace in the memory of lost loved ones. And create in all who see this monument an understanding of the magnitude of loss we all share in the name of freedom.”
Canton, Texas was chosen as the site of the Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial Plaza. As the county seat of Van Zandt County, and centrally located, Canton provides a prominent location for a Memorial Plaza for the citizens of Van Zandt County to honor our cherished military sons and daughters.
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memorial. For months, Montgomery and Koches, along with Jim Stephens, shared the idea with veterans groups and anyone who would listen in hopes of finding a section of land to build the memorial.
Eventually, they approached the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), which agreed to loan 1.5 acres of land at the intersection of State Highways 19 and 243 in Canton. TxDOT, in addition to loaning the property, is making the Memorial a beautification project, and has pledged to pay for half the cost of construction. The original projected construction cost in 2006 was $300,000.00. The rise in cost of fuel and material supplies will likely push construction costs much higher.
The Memorial Foundation is committed to constructing and maintaining a Memorial honoring our Van Zandt County military. Groundbreaking was held January 2009, and construction is scheduled to be completed in 2012.
Yet for the Memorial to achieve these goals on schedule, generous donations from individuals and organizations are needed. Fundraising is an ongoing effort. From constructing the Memorial, to maintaining a perpetual care fund, the Foundation will ensure that the Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial will last for many generations to come.
If you or your organization would like to support the Memorial with a tax-exempt donation, please send your donations by check or money order to the following address:
Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial
1200 S. Trade Days Blvd, Suite 600
Canton, TX 75103
Tel: (903) 567-0657