Celebrate Veterans Day a little early in Tyler today with the dedication of the Watkins-Logan-Garrison Texas State Veterans Home, 11466 Honor Lane.
A ceremony to dedicate the long-term care facility is set for 10:30 a.m. Tours will be available after the ceremony.
Watkins-Logan-Garrison Texas State Veterans Home is named after three local heroes — two Medal of Honor recipients and a Tuskegee airman, according to a prepared statement from the Texas General Land Office.
Family members of Travis Earl Watkins, James Marion Logan and Samuel M. Garrison will be on hand to share stories and display treasured memorabilia, including two Medals of Honor.
The home is built on 20 acres donated by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. The donated land is north of the health science center, along the west side of Texas Highway 155, just south of County Road 334.
The home was made possible with a $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, with the remaining 35 percent paid for by the Texas Veterans Land Board, according to the statement.
The new Texas State Veterans Home joins seven others across the state in Amarillo, Big Spring, Bonham, El Paso, Floresville, McAllen and Temple.
But unlike others, the Smith County home consists of 10 cottages and one common building, according to the statement. The design approach for each cottage focuses on drawing residents into social connection by mixing the best communal aspects of a home while still maintaining privacy and independence for residents.
For additional information on Texas State Veterans Homes, please call 1-800-252-VETS, or visit the Texas Veterans Land Board website at www.texasveterans.com
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