Veteran's Day Remembrance held at CMS Veteran's Honor Garden
- Written by Trilla Cook
“Thanks to the incredible service learning focus of the staff and students of Creekwood, led by Jan York, our community has a very special and unique lasting tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and country,” said Humble Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Guy Sconzo. “And while all of our Veterans are rightfully honored, it is especially appropriate that our community's heroes are uniquely honored.” The Veteran's Honor Garden at Creekwood Middle School (CMS) started out as the result of a Service-Learning Project, and today it stands as a community tribute to all veterans, past and present, who have served as defenders of their country. CMS hosted a Veteran's Day Remembrance on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m., dedicating the newest bench in the garden to local fallen hero, Sgt. Bill Meeuwsen, with all the pomp and circumstance befitting one who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Meeuwsen, a Kingwood High School graduate, was one of two soldiers killed in action when his unit came under attack in Bagdad in 2005. In 2010, during the inaugural presentation of the Veteran's Honor Garden, CMS dedicated benches for Luke Yepsen and Brandon Bury - local fallen heroes, who also gave all for their country. This year's program also featured Alex Steincamp, a CMS student whose father just returned from Iraq, as well as Bill Meeuwsen Scholarship recipient Lindsey Fountain, former CMS student and KHS graduate. The Statesmen performed live before the gathering. The “laying of the wreath” and "Taps” concluded the ceremony. The students of Creekwood's Service-Learning group, thanks to dedicated educators, including Principal Winicki, Jan York, Gina Thompson, and Bob Ligon, are committed to maintaining the Veteran's Honor Garden and remembering those who served. “It is a special place of honor for the entire community to share,” York said. “Saturday we honored one of Kingwood's own fallen heroes, but all week students at Creekwood had been learning and understanding more about the price of freedom.” Looking around the Veteran's Honor Garden, one will see a U.S. flag waving above the outline of a grand star with hundreds of bricks inside that bear the names of beloved family members - veterans from all branches of the military, as well as a special area for MIAs. Five inscribed benches flank the star - three engraved with the names of local fallen military heroes; one remembering the last living (now deceased) WW I veteran Frank Buckles and, thanks to Purple Heart recipient and Korean War veteran, Donald Foisie of Atascocita, one bench is dedicated to the heroes of Hill 303, Korean War 1950. Anyone interested in purchasing an engraved brick for $50 to be placed inside the star to honor a Veteran in the CMS Veteran's Honor Garden can obtain information online at humble.k12.tx.us/Domain/2029, and click on Quick Links.