Friday, June 23, 2006

Del Rio: Turning History into a Parking Lot

Veterans Monument Moved and Football Stadium Turning into Parking Lot at San Felipe High School (now San Felipe Middle School)

The football stadium, which was built in the 1940s, was built as a memorial to World War II Veterans. New construction is turning that memorial into a parking lot and the monument near it moved to another location at the school.
A monument once located near the football field where the parking lot is being constructed states “San Felipe High School proudly pays homage to the memory of these valiants who gave their last full measure of devotion to their country.” Under that statement are the names of 24 Del Rioans who perished in WWII and the Vietnam Conflict.

That monument was relocated to the front of the school near its main entrance so two instructional buildings could be constructed.

Lupe De Hoyos, an ex-board member .... said that if an agreement between persons who would like to preserve the football field and school administration cannot be reached, the Exes and other veterans’ organizations may ban together and file an injunction to halt construction of the parking lot.

Read the full story in the Del Rio News Herald