Veterans Memorial is the centerpiece of Veterans Plaza on Main Street and depicts warriors from various branches of the armed services. The original War Memorial was a stone monument dedicated in 1923 by the H.J. Graham family in honor of Kendall County soldiers who died in combat during World War I. In 1992 a bronze sculpture by renowned artist Jay Hester was added to the top of the original monument. Plaques were added to recognize those that were killed in combat during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
When Veteran’s Plaza was redesigned in 2014, the sculpture was renovated and placed as the centerpiece of the new plaza. As part of that renovation, plaques were added recognizing those killed in combat during the Iraq and Afghanistan
A southerner by birth and a westerner by heart, is how Jay Hester describes himself.
Jay’s passion for Western culture is evident in his work as a Native American and Western artist. His ability to capture the rustic beauty and depth of the people and places that define the American West has gained him many honors and awards at national juried exhibitions. Although this subject matter is his passion, it by no means encompasses the spectrum of his talent.
Jay has gained notable recognition. In addition to private collections across America, Jay has produced commissioned paintings for Texas Tech University and Methodist Hospital in Lubbock, the Zaragosa Theater at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, USAA as well as many other public collections. His monumental bronze sculptures grace The Woodlands, near Houston and Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi. “Lasting Friendship”, in Fredericksburg’s Market Square, is represented by three heroic size figures depicting the treaty signing between the Comanche Indians and the German settlers and was unveiled on the 150th anniversary of the city.
Jay has resided in the beautiful Hill Country town of Boerne, Texas for over twenty years and has been an active leader in the arts community of Boerne.