Sugar Land City Council members, members of the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation and veterans were among the attendees of a March 29 ribbon cutting for Phase 2 of the Sugar Land Memorial Park Eagle Plaza.
The project included demolishing a small portion of the existing sidewalk to install a concrete plaza, seat walls and benches along with concrete engraving, and landscaping and irrigation work.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony came on National Vietnam War Veterans Day, a holiday made official in 2017 that honors the service and sacrifices of Vietnam War veterans on March 29, marking the day the last U.S. combat troops departed Vietnam in 1973, according to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
During his remarks, Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman noted the significance of the plaza renovation to all veterans.
“This entire section is dedicated to you,” Zimmerman said during the ceremony.
Helping fund the project was a $100,000 donation that came from Sugar Land residents Col. R.P.S. Bhalla and his wife, Kanwal, whose donation went toward the development of the plaza surrounding the eagle sculpture, according to a city of Sugar Land news release.