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Jul 29

McKinney Remembers Our Fallen Heroes

Posted on July 29, 2019 at 12:08 PM by Beth Shumate

gold star monumentThe McKinney community is proud of our veterans, those who've put their lives on the line in defending our freedom. The city's Veteran's Memorial Park, built in 2011, honors our veterans from this areas. But it also pays special tribute to Collin County residents who made the ultimate sacrifice. Fallen servicemen and women's names are engraved on the park's Wall of Honor. 

In 2017, the McKinney Armed Services Memorial Board oversaw the placement and official dedication of a new monument in the city's Veteran's Memorial Park. The new monument was placed across the park from the Wall of Honor. This new structure (pictured above) honors Gold Star Families, those who've lost loved ones via their service to our country. As part of this addition to the Veteran's Memorial Park, the organization is selling personalized paving stones that will be placed permanently at the park.

To purchase a paver to honor a loved one or our military in general, please print off the order form available from the city website, complete it and return it with payment to the address given on the site. 

Other Ways to Honor Our Servicemen & Women
Both in May (Memorial Day Weekend) and at the Veterans Park in November (Veteran's Day), the community comes together to honor our military personnel in McKinney. The ceremonies are, of course, free and open to the public.
  • Veteran's Memorial Park Ceremony:  At 6053 Weiskopf Ave. in Craig Ranch on Saturday prior to Memorial Day at 10 a.m.
  • Pecan Grove Historical Cemetery Tribute - at Industrial/Highway 5 on Memorial Day Monday, 10-11 a.m. 
Both are very moving ceremonies providing an opportunity for the community to not only remember those whose lives were lost but also to honor and thank our veterans in attendance. 

ross cemetery headstoneAlso those interred in the historic Ross Cemetery (dating back to 1830) are also recognized with a special service. Previously known as Ross Colored Cemetery, this final resting place has fallen into disrepair over the years. Volunteers began a restoration project in 2017 to preserve damaged headstones and to restore the grounds. 

Among those buried in Ross Cemetery is a Buffalo Soldier from the 9th Cavalry; he served the then-segregated U.S. Army around the time of the Spanish American War. Ross Cemetery is located adjacent to Pecan Grove Cemetery.