The Aubrey Historical Society will dedicate its Veterans Monument, recognizing all U.S. military veterans, at 2 p.m. Saturday.
A large blue tarp currently covers the 4-foot-wide, 3-foot-tall and 9-inch-thick stone until Saturday's unveiling at 301 S. Main St. in Aubrey.
The monument, funded with donations from society members, includes the emblems for all five U.S. military branches, American flag engravings and an inscription commemorating the 150th year of the settlement in the Aubrey area. The stone was designed by Love Monument Co. in Sherman.
"It's dedicated to all who ever served in the U.S. armed forces, past, present and in the future, in war and peace," said Carolyn Wilson, a society member. "We hope it will be educational for the young people. We hope the veterans enjoy it and use it."
In March, the Aubrey City Council renamed the downtown park where the stone sits from the Aubrey Festival Grounds to Aubrey Veterans Memorial Park, according to meeting minutes.
Saturday's program is expected to include a performance of the national anthem, the presentation of colors, brief remarks from a military veteran and recognition of all veterans present, said Jackie Fuller, society president. Multiple dignitaries representing Denton County at the local, state and national levels have been invited to attend, she said. The event is open to the public.
The monument represents gratitude for servicemen and women who've sacrificed so the community could enjoy so many freedoms, said Charlotte Mooneyham, a society member.
"There's such deep gratitude in my heart for the work others have done so that we could enjoy [a] life that couldn't have even been dreamed of a few generations ago," she said. "All the servicemen and women, the government leaders, the field workers, all those that have come before us have enabled us to live the life we live today."
BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876.
FEATURED PHOTO: A tarp covers the Aubrey Historical Society's Veterans Monument in Aubrey Veterans Memorial Park on Monday in preparation for Saturday's dedication ceremony, when the monument will be unveiled.
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