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Representative Wayne Smith Helps Secure A $10,000.00 Donation From General Motors For The Texas Battleship Foundation

The Bay Area Observer | 02-17-2016

Representative Wayne Smith (R, Baytown) hosted Hal Lenox, the Western regional director of government affairs for General Motors, and announced the company’s donation of $10,000 to the Battleship TEXAS Foundation aboard the historical battleship alongside members of the Battleship TEXAS Foundation, members of the San Jacinto Historical Advisory Board, and Conrad Garcia, Jr., President of the Chapter 22 Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc.

In 1948, the Texas Legislature permanently anchored the Battleship TEXAS near Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. The 100th anniversary of the Battleship TEXAS was recently celebrated, and many gathered to honor the battleship’s legacy while paying tribute to the surviving crew members who proudly served on the ship during World War II.

“We are fortunate to have several of the most remarkable and thought-provoking landmarks in the state in our own backyard: the San Jacinto Battleground, Monument, Museum and the Battleship TEXAS,” Rep. Smith said. “As a veteran, I am proud to support preserving this historical treasure as a symbol of our nation’s military history. I want to thank General Motors for their generosity in recognizing the importance of donating to the preservation of this magnificent ship.”

While the Battleship has taken on a lot of repairs in the past few years, Rep. Smith remains committed to raising funds to repair and hopefully one day dry berth the TEXAS in its current location. During the recent legislative session, Rep. Smith helped ensure $25 million was allocated in the state budget to go toward repairs on the Battleship TEXAS. Both state and federal entities responsible for the ship’s well-being are moving forward with a repair initiative to improve the ship’s overall sustainability and keep her afloat until more funds can be raised to permanently dry berth the ship.

“I am continuously grateful for the generosity and support of the numerous individuals and organizations that have a strong interest in this project,” Rep. Smith said. “I specifically want to thank the Advisory Board as they have had a large part in supporting this cause with me. Jimmy Burke and Calvin Mundinger, former Mayors of Deer Park and Baytown, have a lengthy and cherished relationship with the Battleship and I believe it is imperative that we continue to keep our local leaders and community involved in the preservation of this ship so that our future generations will be able to visit and continue to enjoy this national treasure as we all have been blessed to do.”

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Representative Wayne Smith represents Texas House District 128, including Baytown, Deer Park, La Porte, Crosby, Highlands, Morgan’s Point and a portion of Pasadena. -