Submitted by The Editor on Fri, 03/25/2011 – 05:55
Conroe, TX (March 25, 2011)–The Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park will soon be a towering new addition to the Texas skyline. The April 21, 2011 dedication and unveiling of the one-of-a-kind outdoor museum coincides with the 175th anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto and the 175th anniversary of the Republic of Texas and, in true Texas fashion, promises to be a memorable event.
Thirteen 35-foot flagpoles have been erected at the park to hold replicas of key battle and rally flags that flew during the Texas Revolution. Two larger than life bronzes – a bust of Dr. Charles B. Stewart, original designer of the Lone Star Flag, and a 14-foot bronze monument titled “The Texian,” a soldier of the Texas Revolution – will be part of the beautifully landscaped site that encompasses three-acres next to the Montgomery County Central Library. Unique histories of each of the thirteen 10’ X 6’ flags will be detailed on bronze plaques set atop granite pedestals. Award winning artist Craig Campobella is the artistic visionary behind the park as well as the sculptor of the two bronze works of art.
Opening festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. Music will fill the air with the help of The Conroe Symphony and the a capella children’s choir from Lone Star Elementary that will unite the crowd in the state song, Texas, Our Texas.
The Conroe High School drum line and band members will march in cadence, leading the colorful flag procession of thirteen individual color guards, each complete with an honored dignitary carrying a historic Texas flag. Montgomery County poet-laureate Dave Parsons will be on hand to deliver his poem “The Texian.”
Mike Thornton, United States Navy SEAL and recipient of the Medal of Honor, will be one of thirteen distinguished flag raisers. Grammy award winners Clint Black and Marty Stuart along with several state and local dignitaries will also have the privilege of raising flags.
Numerous Texas historical organizations will participate including cannoneers from The Sons of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston IV and his 30-man army, The Daughters of the Republic of Texas and over 20 re-enactment musketeers, firing volleys as the flags are raised. Five years in the making, The Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park is a testament to the collaboration of state, county, city and private organizations as well as to local citizens and businesses who generously gave over $300,000 of in kind services, discounts and services. Over 200 private citizens volunteered to help the City of Conroe build the unique outdoor park. Friends of the Flag Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, was created as a steward of The Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park, to ensure that the pristine condition of the battle and rally flags are maintained.
Honoring Montgomery County as the official Birthplace of the Lone Star Flag, the park is located in Conroe, Texas at 104 Interstate 45 North, just south of Texas Highway 105, next to the Montgomery County Central Library. On the day of the event, FM 2854 in Conroe will be closed between I-75 (Frazier Street) and I-45 North and will be accessible for parking. Food and drink vendors will be available. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and bring lawn chairs to be able to comfortably enjoy the afternoon and evening activities.
Following the dedication and unveiling, world famous Texas music ambassador Gary P. Nunn will perform a free, family-friendly concert beginning at 8 p.m.
Spirit of Texas Bank is the Grand Sponsor of the park’s historic dedication and unveiling.