VIETNAM veteran Frank Muniz has put his heart and soul into making the Alamosa Veterans Memorial Park a reality. Now it’s time for everyone to help make his dream come true.
Muniz and the Alamosa Veterans Memorial Park committee are pushing to raise $450,000 to build the park at the Alamosa County government complex off Highway 285. The committee has secured its 501(c)(3) non-profit status to help with the fundraising efforts.
The design of the veterans memorial park is stunning. It features an 8-foot bronze statue created by world-renowned artist Huberto Maestas of San Luis prominently displayed on an elevated star-designed platform. The star represents the five branches of the military.
The statue, depicting a soldier in embrace with his wife and a child with outstretched arms at dad’s knee, would be elevated on a 10-foot platform that is 90 feet in diameter. The star platform would be set 18 inches above ground, with steps and handrails and an ADA ramp to help with accessibility.
“Frank was such a force of what his vision was,” committee member Janet Yohn said of the Alamosa Veteran Memorial Park’s design. “ He’s kind of quiet, but the things he does behind the scenes are just awesome.
Yohn serves as vice-chair of the committee. Other committee members include committee treasurer Cindy Bervig, County Commissioner Mike Yohn, City Councilman Charlie Griego, former Alamosa County Commissioner Helen Sigmund, and Brenda Felmlee.
“It’s always been in my mind and it’s the right time to do it,” said Muniz. “It means a lot to me as a veteran, and it will mean a lot to all the veterans, to their children, to the spouses of veterans, and to the community. It’s just a wonderful project that I think is worthwhile.”
Here is how you can give to the Alamosa Veterans Memorial Park.
Learn more about the Alamosa Veterans Memorial Park project by listening to The Valley Pod podcast conversation with Frank Muniz and Janet Yohn.