Two “sons of Friendswood” who became Marines were honored with City parks dedicated in their honor on Sunday (May 29).
The recently expanded Sportspark on FM 528 at Moore Road was dedicated as the “Corporal Steven Schulz Sportspark.” Schulz, a Class of 2002 Friendswood High School graduate served in Iraq twice. In 2005, he was severely injured by an IED. Now, still on the road to recovery, Schulz advocates for other injured service members.
“Steven is an inspiration to us all. He embodies the American Spirit. By unanimous vote of City Council and on behalf of the residents of the City of Friendswood, we designate this park as ‘Corporal Steven Schulz Park,’” said Mayor Kevin Holland during the ceremony, attended by more than 100 people.
“It is my hope that in perpetuity, people, especially young people, will ask, ‘Who is Steven Schulz?’ and be inspired by the answer. I also hope they will ask, ‘Who was Wesley Canning?’” said Holland. During the same ceremony on Sunday, the Baker Road were named the “Lance Corporal Wesley J. Canning Sportspark.” Also a 2002 FHS graduate, he was on his second tour in Iraq in 2004 when he was killed in action.
The special guest speaker for the dual dedication ceremony was United States Marine Corps Colonel Todd Desgrosseilliers, who served in many leadership roles in Iraq.
(photos by Kathy Hickey)