The Lubbock Area Veteran's War Memorial located at 82nd & Nashville is in the midst of their final expansion. The memorial started off as a $750,000 project, but it has now expanded to $2.5 million. Thousand of bricks already line the walls of the memorial. As the final stage is completed, only a limited amount of bricks remain.
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"We've added on to this project about all we can add on to it anymore so this is it," says Denver Blanscett, director of the memorial. After more than three years of planning and developing Lubbock's war memorial, he says the last phase is underway. With an ever-increasing demand for bricks, the project has been expanded four times. "We've expanded every opportunity, we did two walls on the bottom, sidewalks all around, we had to light it up on the perimeter and now we're at the front part," explains Blanscett. The final phase includes two walls on the North and South ends of the landmark.
"The only thing we'll be able to add to is the center portion of the wall where the 'killed in actions' are, that's the whole reason behind the memorial," he says. More than 17,000 bricks line this portion of the memorial. "It gives you a glimpse of the sacrifices and service this community has given for our freedom," says Blanscett.
Abel Ramirez was 17 when he joined the air force and served in Vietnam for three years. His wife purchased a brick to dedicate his service to our country. "Now I can bring my whole family out here and they can come out here and look at it," says Ramirez with pride. Now 60, he reflects on his memories of active duty, his story showcased eternally. "I'm real proud of it now," he says with a smile.
It's happy endings like this one that Blanscett says complete the memorial. "It's been overwhelming - the demand from the city, the support and love they've given this project but it's time for closure," he says.
In the Spring a ledger will be added on site with the listing of the brick's locations.