The Cedar Park Council approved an agreement to commission the installation of a Korean War statue at Veterans Memorial Park at their Thursday meeting. The sculpture of a U.S. Marine who fought in the Korean War will be created by artist Max Glenn and will cost almost $40,000.
"I am so pleased we are continuing to honor our veterans of foreign wars," said Council Member Anne Duffy, a U.S. Navy veteran. "As we have fewer Korean War veterans still living, it's important to show our appreciation for their sacrifice."
The Veterans Memorial is the centerpiece of Veterans Memorial Park which is located at 2525 W. New Hope Road. It already contains statues of a soldier who fought in World War I and a Navy officer who fought in World War II.
"Being able to create a space to honor veterans in Cedar Park has been so special," said Duffy. "Serving in the military is an experience like no other and fighting in foreign wars leaves lasting effects, invisible to most."
In other council action Thursday, Mayor Matt Powell announced that he has appointed Council Member Kristyne Bollier to serve as the new mayor pro-tem on the Cedar Park Council. Bollier, who was elected to the council in 2016, will preside over city council meetings in the mayor's absence.
“This is the first replacement if the mayor is unable to make a meeting or if there is a community event I’ve been invited to and can’t attend," said Mayor Powell.
Bollier, a senior manager with Cisco Systems, has a long history of public service in Cedar Park and over 18 years of management experience.