Memorial Wall Information
PRESS RELEASE SEPTEMBER 2012
The East Texas Arboretum announces the construction of a Henderson County Veterans Memorial and Plaza at the Arboretum facility on Patterson in Athens. The Memorial will honor military veterans who enlisted in Henderson County or were natives of Henderson County and enlisted elsewhere.
An extensive research effort is ongoing by volunteers to determine names of veterans from Henderson County who served beginning with the Civil War to the present. An advertisement will be placed in area newspapers asking for public help in identifying those who served. We urge veterans and families to please respond to this request.
The Henderson County Veterans Memorial will forever recognize the contribution of veterans who served to protect and preserve freedom for all Americans.
Questions concerning this project may be directed to 903-675-5630 or 903-681-1721.
Lists of those who served in specific wars and conflicts can be found on this website. As more research is completed and information submitted, additional lists of names will be added with soldiers serving in those wars as well as during peace time.
The United States Military
The U.S. Military consists of five active-duty Services and their respective Guard and Reserve units. All branches are equal parts of the United States Uniformed Services, headed by the President as Commander in Chief. The Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense (DoD). The Coast Guard reports to the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime and to the DoD (by way of the Navy) during wartime.
Reserve and National Guard units perform as active-duty servicemembers on a part-time basis. These troops train close to home, deploying when needed to aid in international conflict or domestic disaster relief.