Never Forget Garden Veterans Memorial is a Reality!
Thanks to JaCody Construction as well as to the countless hours and donations from our volunteers, the long-awaited concrete plaza of Never Forget Garden Brazos Valley is a reality.
Still to be added: granite monument, star, two entrance pedestals, native plants, brick pavers and more.
The Never Forget Garden will be a beautiful, lasting memorial honoring our country’s missing and unknown service members, as well as all of America’s veterans.
Thanks to the College Station Noon Lions Club
Thanks to the College Station Noon Lions Club for inviting us in April to share information about Never Forget Garden Brazos Valley. Their interest in our memorial is greatly appreciated.
For more about the Noon Lions Club, click here.
Concrete Plaza Groundbreaking Occurs!
On the morning of March 22, elected officials from College Station, Brazos County, and Bryan kicked off the official groundbreaking at Never Forget Garden Brazos Valley.
Also helping out at the groundbreaking were members of local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution as well as the Sons of the American Revolution.
Earlier this spring, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Never Forget Garden Veterans Memorial Executive Committee agreed to a contract with JaCody Construction for the concrete plaza for the Never Forget Garden site at Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park, 3101 Harvey Rd, College Station. Pictured, left to right: Bob Cohen, Sherry Frisk, Forest Couch with JaCody Construction, Jane Cohen, Brandon Gaines, and Steve Beachy.
Pave the Way Fundraiser
Help us Pave the Way this spring!
Donating an engraved brick paver at Veterans Park in the plaza of the special Never Forget Garden will be a lasting way to honor your family, friends, or other special people or organizations. Brick donations will be placed around the plaza, as seen in this image from Thetford Architecture, LLC.
This Pave the Way opportunity will be available during 2023 but for a limited time. For more information, please visit this site’s Donate page and send an email to NFG.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for the INSITE!
Thanks to Insite Brazos Valley Magazine, this month residents are reading about the worthwhile efforts of Never Forget Garden Brazos Valley. Insite’s February 2023 article, “Remembering the Brave,” explains our mission to honor missing and unknown service members, as well as others who have been in the service.
Written by Aubrey Vogel, “Remembering the Brave” explains yet another way that the Brazos Valley continues to honor our veterans.
For more information about how to donate to Never Forget Garden, please view this website’s Donate page.
On December 1, 2022, a contract was signed to begin the creation of the granite monument for the Never Forget Garden Brazos Valley. Tony Watson of Watson Signs and Monuments will prepare a 7′ monument with a laurel wreath and a granite star, and two pedestals recognizing donors.
What a memorable symbol of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier!
Thanks to Brazos Valley Gives!
On November 14, the Community Foundation of Brazos Valley celebrated $1,176,760 in donations, supporting 161 participating nonprofits through the 2022 Brazos Valley Gives campaign at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center, TAMU. The Never Forget Garden Veterans Memorial/Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial in the Veterans Park, College Station, was awarded $1,000 in a 2022 Community Grant.
Never Forget Garden also received a $1000 “Scoop of Philanthropy” prize which was donated by Blue Bell Creameries. This prize was awarded to the nonprofit that collected the most donations between 4:00 and 8:00 on October 18, The Day of Giving.
Thanks go out to all who donated to the Never Forget Garden/Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during Brazos Valley Gives!
65+ Participants Support Never Forget Garden!
Never Forget Garden’s “21 Steps” Run/Walk Event was held on October 15 at the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial in College Station Veterans Park and Athletic Complex. Over 65 participated, including the Student Veterans Association group at TAMU, pictured here in their new Never Forget Garden baseball caps!
The TAMU Corps Color Guard, shown at left, posted the flags. The A&M Garden Club group (coordinated by Susie Ohendalski and Lou Hodges) participated, and many of those present toured with Steve Beachy. La Villita DAR members volunteered to help with registration as a Service Project coordinated by Margaret Davis. The Independence SAR members helped with preregistration. College Station Parks and Recreation (Stephan Richardson) helped with set up, College Station Fire Truck, and more. PA from Skyline Communications was coordinated by Sharron Rosedahl. Thanks to Heather White for the event’s caps, and to Sherry Frisk and Jane Cohen for coordinating this event.
“21 Steps” Run/Walk Event for Never Forget Garden is just around the corner!
Saturday, October 15, 2022, will see a worthwhile “FUNdraiser” at Veterans Park. See the flyer at the left for more information. At this time, pre-registration is available by clicking below. As soon as you can, please plan to participate in this fun event!
Site Review in September
Never Forget Garden Executive Committee did a site review at Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park. Those involved included Architect Alan Thetford, Gessner Engineering Price, CS P&R Stephan Richardson, Monument Tony Watson, and NFG Team Jane Cohen, Sherry Frisk, and Bob Cohen.
Thank you, Brazos Valley Cares!
In August 2022, the Brazos Valley Cares board members gathered to present grant checks to Brazos Valley non-profit organizations. Their generous grant of $10,000 for the Never Forget Garden Veterans Memorial will be used to reach our fundraising goal. Our sincere gratitude goes to Brazos Valley Cares!
NFG’s First Pre-Memorial Day Event
Never Forget Garden’s first-ever Pre-Memorial Day Event was held on Wednesday, May 25, at the American Pavilion in Veteran’s Park. At this event, a large crowd viewed some festive period costumes, a solemn Presentation of Colors, and more. They also enjoyed food trucks and lively visiting.
Featured speaker Roy May (A&M Class of 2015) discussed his experiences as an Honor Guard Sentinel at Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After his presentation and Q & A session, visitors viewed the future site of the Never Forget Garden Veterans Memorial.
Never Forget Garden Kickoff Event
Never Forget Garden’s kick-off event was held in conjunction with the Veteran’s Day celebration at Veterans Park on November 11, 2021. As can be seen here, in period dress are Executive Committee members with TAMU’s recently retired women’s basketball coach Gary Blair.
TAMU Students Give Their Time and Talent
TAMU students of Horticultural Sciences, led by their professor Dr. Gerald Burgner, presented their design in 2021 for the new Never Forget Garden Veterans Memorial.
Indeed, their talents enhanced the overall purpose of the memorial.