BROWNSVILLE, TX – Progress continues to restore a forgotten monument in Brownsville. Located behind what was once Brownsville high school now sits a lone monument and with little to no recognition. For the past few weeks, the Warriors United in Arms works in conjunction with the district to recognize heroes it represents.
Founder of the Warriors United in Arms Tony Garcia says, “When we brought it up to the school district, we were shocked that they were not aware that they have this precious artifact here.”
Since taking the cause, the group has received support from the Brownsville Independent School District. They’ve made temporary adjustments such as cleaning, installing a commemorative wreath and installing a flagpole.
Jesus Rodriguez, a descendant of WWII a veteran, tells us he is concerned about the neglect, but don’t blame the district.
“Of course, I’m sad that it has not been kept up,” says Rodriguez, “But that’s nobody’s fault, time is just different now.”
The group believes the monument was in the right place at the right time, however that location may no longer get the attention it once did. The monument was erected in 1946. Since then the site has undergone many changes. It served as Brownsville High School, years later became Central Middle School, and now serves as administrative offices for the district.
The group received protests when trying to relocate the monument. One of the main concerns was whether it was appropriate to change a historic part of Brownsville.
Vic Sabala – Warriors United in Arms says, “It’s important to the people who knew that it was here, which is very few, so we want to keep it here in their honor.”
According to the group, the current monument will no longer be re-located. Instead, the area will be improved, decorated, and a new plaque will be placed at veterans park. The new sign will include an updated list with the names of servicemen not included in the original.
Rolando Moody – Warriors United in Arms says, “Where veterans’ issues are concerned, the Warriors United in arms or at the forefront. This is a new day for veterans in Brownsville.”