Military veterans and their families in Tamarac now have a Veterans Honor Wall.
On Memorial Day Weekend, the City of Tamarac held a special ceremony to dedicate the Veterans Honor Wall. It includes six panels each with 100 names of military veterans from Tamarac both living and deceased. There are two additional glass panels showing uniformed military personnel.
The Wall represents a two year effort among the City of Tamarac, the Tamarac Historical Society and the Tamarac Public Art Committee.
“We decided it would be good to have a tribute to veterans in Veterans Park,” said Barbara Tarnove, president of the Tamarac Historical Society. “We got the approval to collect names and we were able to collect 600 names of Tamarac residents who had been in the military.”
Tarnove enjoyed the opportunity to talk with military veteran and listen to their stories. “We became friends. It was a heartwarming experience. We have created a data base of the names and we want to collect more names,” she said.
Zachary Knudson, the owner the Glass Artist in Coral Springs was the artist who completed the Veterans Honor Wall. He considered it a privileged to do this project. “The veterans have put their lives on the line and sacrificed a whole lot. I dedicated it to them. I feel good about this project and I am glad to give back to the community,” he said.
Knudson said he hopes this project will encourage more young people to appreciate and become interested in art. “There are a lot of kids who will walk by this work. I hope when they see it they will be inspired to appreciate art,” he said.
He is looking forward to continuing work on the project as more names are added. It took about seven months to complete the project. Knudson also completed a 13 foot aluminum and glass pyramid structure at the ArtWalk in Coral Springs.