Montgomery County holds Veterans Day celebration, dedicates bridge to Buffalo Solider

Jimmie Edwards, who lost both of his legs while serving with the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, has spearheaded much of the work behind the Montgomery County Veterans Memorial Park. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
Jimmie Edwards, who lost both of his legs while serving with the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, has spearheaded much of the work behind the Montgomery County Veterans Memorial Park. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)

Jimmie Edwards, who lost both of his legs while serving with the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, has spearheaded much of the work behind the Montgomery County Veterans Memorial Park. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)

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A crowd of over 100 attended the Nov. 11 event. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Cannons were fired during the event. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Many veterans attended. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The walkway was recently constructed to provide better accessibility to the park. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Active-duty military were present. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The bridge was dedicated to Sgt. Luther James Dorsey. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Elected officials gathered for the dedication. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Descendants of Sgt. Luther James Dorsey received a plaque in his memory and honor. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Sgt. Luther James Dorsey was a member of Company E of the 10th Cavalry of the United States Army, known as the Buffalo Soldiers. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hundreds gathered Nov. 11 for the dedication of a memorial bridge and walkway at the Montgomery County Veterans Memorial Park and to celebrate Veterans Day.

The bridge was dedicated to Sgt. Luther James Dorsey, a member of Company E of the 10th Cavalry of the United States Army, known as the Buffalo Soldiers. Dorsey is the only known Buffalo Soldier to be buried in Montgomery County, and his grave lies at the historic Black cemetery in Conroe. The walkway was dedicated to prisoners of war and those missing in action.

The event was hosted by the Montgomery County Veterans Memorial Commission, VFW Post No. 4709 and the Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare. Elected officials, including Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands; Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe; Conroe Mayor Pro Tem Duke Coon; and several county commissioners delivered remarks.

"Today we honor every man and woman who has ever worn the uniform of our nation to protect our country. We admire your service; we stand in awe of your sacrifice," Brady said. "We are so grateful for the Veterans Memorial Park, which commemorates and honors the service of past, present and future veterans and also all those who have continued to support our veterans."

The memorial park has been a years-long effort largely spearheaded by Marine and former Montgomery County Judge Jimmie Edwards. The original park was dedicated in 1976 by President Gerald Ford and was built on a small piece of property that is adjacent to the Montgomery County Tax Office in downtown Conroe; it has since moved and expanded.


The park is continuing to work on new projects, Edwards said.
By Eva Vigh
Eva Vigh joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 as a reporter for Spring and Klein. Prior to this position, she covered upstream oil and gas news for a drilling contractors' association.


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