Wallum brought the project to Meridian Parks & Rec in May of 2021, originally planning a park and other ideas, but will focus on creating the memorial itself first. The project will be located near the flagpoles near the entrance to downtown Meridian from State Highways 22 and 6. Funding for the project has not been determined, with everything still in planning phases.
Wallum met with City Administrator Marie Garland and Don Hatley of Meridian, Texas Parks & Recreation, working toward the end goal of the memorial. Some funding will be gathered from engraved “fundraising bricks” that will make up a portion of the memorial. The site won’t be a picnic area, and rather serve as a momument of remembrance, to be observed and respected.
The name has yet to be determined, with suggestions of “Bosque County Veterans Memorial” and “Chisholm Trail Veterans Memorial.” The name will be decided at a later date.
The memorial will honor any and all veterans. Six flags will be installed, in addition to a half-wall for a perimeter fence. Wallum has met with representatives of Tucker Lumber in Whitney who contracted the pavers for the Veterans Memorial there, in addition to Perry Auten, who was instrumental in completing that project in Hill County.