Special rededication ceremony planned for James Earl Rudder Memorial Park in Eden

The Eden Heritage Preservation Association is hosting a sign dedication of the James Earl Rudder Memorial Park Saturday, Sept. 8. The special event is scheduled at 10 a.m. in the Eden City Council Chambers to rededicate the park that honors the man for whom it was named. “A sign proclaiming the name of the park is long over due,” said Carolyn Moody. “Eden Heritage Preservation Association is sponsoring a project to correct that oversight.” On Memorial Day, 1970, Eden’s Earl Rudder Memorial Day Committee held dedicatory services of Earl Rudder Memorial Park and the plaque honoring the late Gen. Rudder, a native of Eden. “It was truly an auspicious occasion,” the spokesperson continued. “A roll call honoring all deceased Concho County veterans was read against a back drop of small wooden crosses covering a large expanse of the park. Wreaths were placed at the foot of a large cross. The memorial plaque honoring Eden’s own Gen. Earl Rudder was dedicated and unveiled. “The principal address was given by Alvin R. Luedecke, acting president of the Texas A&M University System and Clyde H. Wells, president of its board of directors, dedicated the marker. “On Sept. 8, 2007, we shall memorialize those who died in the service of their country and express again our thanks to those who came home. As long as there are veterans in our midst, we cannot forget the service they performed and are performing today to protect the freedoms we enjoy. “Our founding fathers guaranteed rights and privileges unheard of prior to that hot summer of 1787 in Philadelphia. They persevered in their grand experiment that resulted in that most remarkable document, the United States Constitution.” For more information, contact Mrs. Moody at 325-869-8803.

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