Houston Veterans Memorial Park Gifted $150K by Woodforest National Bank

Houston Veterans Memorial Park Gifted $150K by Woodforest National Bank

The Woodforest National Bank recently donated $150,000 to the Montgomery County Veterans Memorial Park to support active military members and veterans.

Banking leadership and staff who served in the U.S. military at the ceremony joined commission members.

“Woodforest National Bank is honored to support the recognition of our veterans through the Montgomery County Veterans Park,” said Jay Dreibelbis, president and CEO of Woodforest National Bank. “This memorial means so much to our community, and it highlights the dedication and sacrifice of those who have served in our military. We are thankful for the service of all veterans and extremely proud to see the names of Woodforest employees who have served among those recognized on ‘The Line.’”

This nonprofit organization works to educate, illuminate and enrich the lives of youth, families, and communities in Montgomery County, Texas, and across the country by recognizing the services, experiences, and sacrifices of veterans and first responders. 

The organization dedicated the Montgomery County Veteran's Memorial Park near Interstate 45 and Texas 105 in Conroe in May.

As a move towards the next stage, State Rep. Will Metcalf announced $7 million would be spent by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission to construct an education center, among other improvements. It is the military members and veterans who are honored by The Line. 

There are six name panels and four landmark signs lining Victory Lane in the park. Up to 20 additional name panels will also cross over the reflection pond and line the memorial's western side. Listen to the sacrifices that veterans have made by scanning QR codes.

The list will consist only of the veteran's name and service branch, said Jimmie C. Edwards III, chairman of the veteran’s commission.

The transition from a local memorial to a nationally recognized one will be made possible by this contribution, but carving names into granite walls isn't enough. 

Edwards intends that "The Line" honors veterans from all across the nation.
The monument received over 600 names from 19 states in eight months. This summer, over 20 family members from Tennessee traveled to Conroe to commemorate their grandfather’s service. 

The memorial will ultimately honor over 10,000 veterans like him. Woodforest National Bank has been an enthusiastic and willing partner for the park's expansion, said Howard Wood, Director of Public Relations at the commission and a military veteran.