The bronze statue will be of three life-sized military nurses from different eras, according to city documents. One will wear a uniform from World War I, while another will have one from World War II. The third will don a modern nurse’s uniform.
Cedar Park City Council voted 5-0 to commission the statue for $116,700 at an Oct. 3 meeting. Council Member Dorian Chavez and Mayor Pro Tem Mike Guevara were absent.
“Having been part of the Navy Nurse Corps, I’m very excited,” Council Member Anne Duffy said at the meeting. “I also ran [the plans] by a friend of mine who was a Vietnam nurse, and she was very pleased.”
Artist Matt Glenn, who was commissioned to create two other statues for the park last year, will complete the project. Funding for the project will come from Fiscal Year 2019-20 public art funds.
Over the past few years, the city’s Parks, Art and Community Enrichment Board has been working to bring statues to Veterans Memorial Park. So far, there are three installed: one of a World War I doughboy, a World War II naval commander and a Korean war marine. Two Vietnam soldier statues and a helicopter pilot are in the works.
PACE Board Chair Andy deBruyn said during the Oct. 3 meeting that the theme the PACE Board envisioned for the Nurse Corps statue is healing.
“The one word that kept coming up was healing,” deBruyn said. “These nurses not only healed hundreds of thousands of soldiers physically but also psychologically. After each conflict, the nation itself had to go through healing.”
Council approved another addition to Veterans Memorial Park Oct. 3. A granite sidewalk insert bearing the words “Pathway of Heroes” will be placed near the front end of the pathway that leads to the Gold Star Families Monument and Memorial Plaza, according to city documents. The project costs $2,500 and will be funded with public art funds as well.