The Willie McCool memorial statue will be in between the 9-11 tribute flag poles and the Veterans War Memorial. It will stand tall, big enough for those driving on 82nd Street to see from the road.
It is called "The Realization of A Dream". A small child with hopeful eyes, stands only waist high to fallen astronaut Willie McCool. Lubbock artist Eddie Dixon had a vision when he created this monument; he wanted this sculpture to capture the world's endless possibilities.
"If you're dreams and aspirations are high enough, you can reach any goal that you so desire," Dixon said the day of the ground ceremony.
The 15-foot McCool statue will point North toward the statue of Rick Husband already in Amarillo. Each statue points at each other, forming a powerful arch in the sky with the idea this would be the largest monument in the world.
The third part of this monument will lay on Interstate 27 directly below where space shuttle Columbia flew over the South Plains.
NASA crew secretary Rosalind Hobgood is a family friend of the McCools. She was a special guest at the ground breaking ceremony at Huneke Park.
"I love this little boy with him. It looks good. It captures Willie. It's an honor to see it," remarked Hobgood.
Special recognition is needed for Atmos Energy. They contributed $100,000 to build the McCool statue and the Rick Husband statue in Amarillo. The big unveiling ceremony is scheduled in late February.