DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Members of the Abilene community gathered together Tuesday afternoon to participate in discussion for the Dyess Memorial Park expansion project.

More than $600,000 has been raised through private funds in order to construct the memorial and provide maintenance.

The expansion will consolidate other various memorials to Dyess Airmen that have lost their lives in the line of duty in the last 60 years.

“The arch that goes along the back half of the property that really forms the whole memorial,” said Mitchell Wright, architect for the memorial.

Those arches, designed by Mitchell Wright, Dub Wrights grandson, to cast a special shadow of light.
“Each monument will be placed in a manner where the sun on the specific moment of the anniversary of the tragedy shine through and light up that plaque,” said Wright.

Groundbreaking is expected to take place on October 2, 2018, with construction being completed in mid-2019.