AUSTIN (KXAN) — Lawmakers at the state Capitol are looking to honor those who have served in our most recent war zones. “The Price of Liberty” statue will be funded by private donations and the Preservation Board will be in charge of finding a location on the grounds to house the new monument.
The idea passed a Senate committee and it is expected to make it through the entire process this year.
By the numbers,Texas paid a heavy price in both Iraq and Afghanistan. When looking iCasualties.org, a site that compiles reports from the Department of Defense, Texas had nearly 800 troops killed and almost 200 wounded in Operation Enduring Freedom, the second-most of any state.
In Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2,800 were killed and more than 400 were wounded, which was again second-most.
The movement to erect a new memorial could help to ease the pain for families who will never forget the price of these two conflicts.
After years of war, Jonathan Davy is now a civilian and student at the University of Texas at Austin.
“Fifty years ago, they didn’t get the reception that they deserved,” said Davy. “It’s really nice to see something like this.”
Across the Capitol lawn, memorials remind onlookers of those who gave their all, in the service of others.
The Price of Liberty is on its way to staking a claim on the Capitol lawn. Lady Liberty, leads a soldier, away from a thankful family. The five branches of the military are stamped on the plan as it honors not only the soldiers, but also the ones left back at home.
“It’s just a giant symbol of thanks and appreciation,” said Davy. “Not only to Texas veterans and veterans on OEF and OIF, but to their families. Which is important. They know sacrifice just as well as veterans do.”
According to the Texas State Preservation Board, there are 20 other statues and monuments on the Capitol Grounds.