As with most cultures, we Americans have a desire and a duty to honor those who have fought for our country’s freedom. Mason County is no different and, as such, erected the veterans’ monument at the northeast corner of the courthouse square honoring Mason County men and women who have served their country in any of the armed forces.
When first erected, it had the names of veterans, both deceased and living, from the great World Wars and Korea. Names were added in later years to include those who had served in the War of Independence against England, the American Civil War (or as some would have it, “The War of Northern Aggression”), the Mexican War, the Spanish American War and the Vietnam War.
As world peace seems to be an impossible quest, we now continue to add names of those who have fought in the current conflicts. The Mason County Historical Commission is currently taking names to be added to a new monument planned for the site. Although it will look the same as the other monuments there, it will be somewhat special as it is dedicated to the late Julius DeVos, USN, WWII veteran and Mason County Historian Emeritus. He served on the Historical Commission for over forty years. DeVos had donated literally thousands of hours of work for the county’s benefit, publishing several books on Mason County history, as well as including many hours of work in collecting names and seeing that the current monument was erected.
The Commission will be soliciting new names for any past or present veterans of Mason County until August 31, 2012. At this time, there are no names of those who have served in any of the Gulf War conflicts. The cost at this pre-dedication time will be $35.00 per name. You may pick up an application at the Mason Chamber of Commerce. The $35 fee must be paid when you make your request. If your name is not on any of the current monuments and you were a Mason County resident at any time and served your country, you may have your name placed on this new monument. You may leave your application at the Chamber office with your remittance of $35 or you may mail your application and remittance to:
9760 U.S. Hwy. 87S
Mason, Texas 76856