The City of Duncanville is commemorating the 50th anniversary of Memorial Park on Monday, May 27 at 10:00 am. Army Retired Colonel Ronald Munden is the honored guest speaker, who 50 years ago as an Army Cadet, participated in the ceremony and helped unveil the memorial. The first 300 guests will receive a commemorative War Memorial challenge coin marking the event. Memorial Park is located at 101 N. Main Street in Duncanville.

Memorial Day did not become a federal holiday until 1971. Before that it was traditionally recognized on May 30 regardless of the day of the week. Thus, 50 years ago Memorial Day in Duncanville was recognized on Friday, May 30, 1969 with the dedication of the War Memorial and Memorial Park.

Early in 1969, Ed Purcell from the American Legion Post 81, along with noted artist and architect William B. Lowder, developed plans for a memorial marker and eternal flame layout, as well as heading up the fundraising efforts. Starlight Park, which was redesigned, freshly landscaped, and renamed Memorial Park, was the focal point of the dedication ceremonies that morning. Families of the fallen soldiers engraved on the memorial were present and the memorial was unveiled by Midshipman Charles B. Young and Cadet Ronald Munden.

The Duncanville War Memorial is a polished granite monument approximately sixteen feet high featuring a brass bald eagle with a two-foot wing span atop. Twenty-two names were originally inscribed on the monument representing Duncanville’s fallen soldiers from four wars. The eternal flame was also lit on Memorial Day in 1969 and continues to burn bright today.

Please join us in remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.