Troup Genealogical/Historical Society dedicates veterans' monument

TGHS members Deborah Burkett, Dorothy and Jerry Lacy, Wanda Tucker, Ruth Sheppard and Bill Melton (right) oversaw the monument dedication.
TGHS members Deborah Burkett, Dorothy and Jerry Lacy, Wanda Tucker, Ruth Sheppard and Bill Melton (right) oversaw the monument dedication.
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A beautiful blue sky served as a pleasant backdrop for the dedication of a veterans’ monument at the entrance of Troup High School last week. A brisk wind snapped the flags in the air, almost as if a military general had called them to attention as a group of school personnel and community gathered.

When the Troup Genealogical/Historical Society that was formed in 1998 closed operation of their organization, decisions were made by the group as to how to spend the remaining funds in their coffers. This monument is a product of TGHS actions.

“It is a beautiful and lasting tribute to those who have, are and will serve in the military to continue to fight for those freedoms we so enjoy,” TGHS president Ruth Sheppard said. “In this location, we believe it will provide thousands of opportunities for individuals to pass by and hopefully share a moment of their time to thank our veterans, past, present and future.”

Sheppard said when she met with TISD Superintendent Stuart Bird he almost immediately suggested the site at the flag poles on the high school campus.

“It is now my distinct privilege to present to the Troup school district, Chairman of the Board Andy Griffin, Superintendent Stuart Bird this monument on this glorious day standing tall between the American and Texas flags,” Sheppard concluded. “God bless you and may God continue to bless the USA.”

The TGHS was formed with a vote of 12 on Feb. 21, 1998. At the height of its glory, TGHS boasted of 200 members around 2010.

Much was accomplished by this dedicated group over the years including the publication of “A Century of The History of Troup, Texas, 1850-1950”. “Troup Goes to World War 11 -A Collection of Memories” was written and published along with the Friends of the Library. Those publications are still available for purchase through the library.

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