City staff updated the City Council Monday on ways in which the City currently demonstrates support and appreciation for veterans, including the recent renovation of the City’s Memorial Park, a “place of reflection and remembrance” that honors Richardson residents who have given their lives in defense of our country. The 2.4-acre park, located at 601 Centennial Blvd., has been enhanced with new landscaping, flagpoles, lighting and stone upgrades and will officially be recognized with a ribbon cutting Nov. 13. 

Other initiatives discussed included the Library’s veterans’ oral history program, unique veteran benefits for City employees and the City’s Veteran’s Partnership Initiative web page, which provides important links to organizations that specialize in providing services to veterans and their families. 

The City was designated a Purple Heart City last fall by the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which means Richardson recognizes the sacrifice of people who have served their country, particularly those who are Purple Heart recipients.