Traveling along the highways of Texas, none is more significant than State Highway 6 (SH 6). Reaching from the Texas-Oklahoma border on the north to the Gulf of Mexico on the South, along SH 6 travelers see these signs dotting the roadside landscape.
Ever present are these reminders of the sacrifice men and women of Texas and this nation made in the service of their country. In 1997, the Texas Legislature officially proclaimed Texas State Highway 6 as the Texas Korean Veterans Memorial Highway.
Passing through the middle of Knox County at the intersection of SH 6 and U.S. Highway 82/Texas Highway 114 is the county seat of Benjamin. On the southeast corner of this intersection, a magnificent memorial has been erected to honor veterans: the Knox County Veterans Memorial.
Other than the actual engraving and placement of the granite stone, this magnificent edifice was erected entirely with private donations from around the nation, and its construction was completed by the labor of Knox County citizens.
Most veterans memorials usually pay tribute to the fallen of battle, and such is the case with this monument. However, this is a tribute to honor all men and women who served in the military who have or formerly had ties to Knox County. It may be they were born in the county. Perhaps they lived here for only a short time before or after military service. It may be that they are buried here. It matters not, for if they touched Knox County in some way, calling it home, this Memorial is to their honor and memory.
If you happen to be traveling through Knox County, it will be well worth your time to stop and visit this site. In the event that you may never pass this way, we are proud to show the world that folks from Knox County, Texas, have served this nation with honor, distinction, and pride.
Some returned from their military duties, to call Knox County home, others may have settled elsewhere in this great country, and others made the supreme sacrifice, never again to see the beauty of a sunset in West Texas.
May we never forget that there is a price for freedom!
For more information on the Memorial, go to https://www.knoxcountytexas.org/vetsmem1.htm.
Information and photos courtesy of the Knox County Historical Commission.