The Carl Morrison American Legion Post 363 in Rockport will display a Texas Fallen Heroes Wall that honors 602 Texas military members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States during the on-going Global War on Terrorism.
The Wall will be set up in the hall of the Legion Post beginning at noon Monday, Nov. 9, and will be available for public viewing through Sunday, Nov. 15.
The Wall, made up of 12 three-foot by four-foot panels, has the names and pictures of the 602 Texans, their branch of service, and rank.
American Legion Texas State Commander Jeff Perkins created it, through almost four months of research. It took one month to build.
“I heard about a similar wall that was being displayed while traveling for the American Legion,” said Perkins. “Before I got home I decided to build my own wall and travel around the State of Texas to display our Fallen Heroes, so they would not be forgotten.”
Since completing the Texas Fallen Heroes Wall, Perkins said an additional seven names need to be added to the display, bringing the total number of Texans who have died in the line of military service to 609.
He noted he has created a database of all 6,920 Fallen Heroes who have been killed since September 11, 2001.
“The real heroes are on the Wall, and the ones who are still alive who protect us.” Perkins said. “The Wall is a reminder of the price of our freedom as a nation and as individuals.”
Legion Post 363 Commander Timothy Yarborough said, “We want to reach out to our Global War on Terrorism vets and encourage them to get involved in the American Legion, as well as honoring our Fallen Heroes.”
Perkins and Yarborough will be at the Rockport Post (1701 S. Church St.) after 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 to welcome visitors.
In addition to honoring Texas’ Fallen Heroes, American Legion Post 363 will celebrate the Marine Corps 245th birthday on Nov. 10. There will be an SOS breakfast between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. It is open to the public. Donations are requested per plate.
That evening, at 6 p.m., there will be short USMC birthday ceremony, followed by the cake cutting.
A shortened (due to COVID-19) Veteran’s Day ceremony will be held at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 11 a.m. This ceremony is a joint effort between American Legion Post 363, Stewart-Wendell Veterans of Foreign War Post 3904 and the American GI Forum of Rockport.
American Legion Post 363 will have a fish fry from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. It is open to the public. Plates are $10.
To round-out Veterans week, Legion Post 363 will host a breakfast at 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 15. It is open to the public.
For more information about these events, or how to join the American Legion, contact Post 363 at (361) 729-1953, or follow it on Facebook at Rockport-Fulton American Legion Post 363.