Travis Calhoun

Travis Calhoun at the place the Women’s Military Veterans Monument is designated to be at the Terrell Veterans Memorial Park.

Travis Calhoun, a boy scout in Troop 390 based in Terrell, is seeking help from the community to support the fundraising effort to bring a Women’s Military Veterans Monument to the Terrell Veterans Memorial Park located at 1316 West Moore Avenue near Terrell Memorial Stadium.

The intention is to have the monument placed along the walkway at the Terrell Veterans Memorial Park. On the monument, a statement from W.E.B. Dubois will say “There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise”. Underneath it will be a statement that reads “In honor of all the women who have served and sacrificed in the name of freedom.”

Calhoun is seeking donations from the community to pay for the monument. The total price for the monument is $1,825, which includes delivery and placement.

To donate to the fundraiser, contact 469-595-1611 or donate to the Terrell Marine Corps League P.O. Box number 1529, Terrell, TX., 75160.

Calhoun, who has been in the boy scouts for eight years, is striving to receive his Eagle Badge by organizing and accomplishing to have a Women’s Military Veterans monument be placed at Terrell Veterans Memorial Park.

“The Memorial Park has been very special to me and I wanted to do something to add to it because the requirement is to do something special to you. I was thinking I’d add a small monument because I was doing research and there were only two or three Memorial Parks that specify female veterans. So I wanted to make [Terrell’s Veteran Memorial Park] the third or fourth,” Calhoun said.

Calhoun, whose grandmother was a Vietnam Veteran, said he’s been thinking about doing this project ever since he crossed into Boy Scouts.

“When it finally came, I said ‘this is what I want to do’. I started doing my research and talking with people,” Calhoun said.

Calhoun said he’s gone through the process of trying to get a Women’s Military Veterans Monument added to Terrell Veterans Memorial Park. He’s met with the local Marine Corps League, City of Terrell, Boys Scouts, the Boys Scouts District and all have signed off on allowing Calhoun to add the monument to Terrell Veterans Memorial Park.

Texas has the largest amount of women military veterans with 168,967, according to the United States Department of Veteran Affairs.

“There are a lot of female veterans but there are not a lot of memorials to remember them,” Calhoun said.

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