Richland College Commemorated World War I Texas Soldiers on Veteran’s Day
Sustainable Community Building–Richland College observed Veterans Day on November 11 with The Blood of Heroes Never Dies ceremony and display of 5,171 ceramic poppies representing the lives of the Texas soldiers and one nurse killed during World War 1. The ceramic poppy installation resulted from a Richland College collaboration among Dr. Clive Siegle, history professor, Jen Rose, ceramics professor, and 500 student, faculty, staff, and community volunteers and corporate and individual sponsors. The poppies installed lakeside depict the bright red flowers that survived WW1’s devastation and grew among the battlefield graves in Western Europe. The poppy installation will remain on display through November 24 when the poppies that are being sold to raise funds for Puppies Behind Bars, a project that helps prison inmates train service dogs for wounded veterans, will be claimed by the purchasers. The Poppy Project received news coverage on Channels 5 and 11 and by the Dallas Morning News.