The Medellin Memorial is located in front of Boswell High School. It was dedicated on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2004, as a tribute to United States Marine Corps Corporal Marty Medellin who died on April 7, 2003 while bravely serving his country in Iraq. Marty, a 2000 graduate of Boswell High School, was the first soldier from Tarrant County to be killed in the line of duty. The memorial also serves as a remembrance of others in our EM-S ISD community that are no longer with us.
The memorial contains the names of other EM-S ISD military personnel who have died in the line of duty as well as students and teachers who have died while a part of the district. The memorial also lists the names of EM-S ISD Board members who have passed away. For a listing of names, click here.
Memorial Design The Medellin Memorial Plaza was designed with three main paths, each symbolizing portions of Corporal Medellin’s life. The first path represents Iraq and the second the National Marine Headquarters in Quantico, Virginia. These two paths represent the two prominent directions of Corporal Medellin’s life. The third path represents the present and is the formal approach to the Plaza, where most individuals who come to pay their respects will enter.
At the middle of the plaza the paths intersect. It is here that Marty’s memorial stands, a testament to his life as a Marine and of his service to his country. Its location at the heart of the circle represents his life and his courage.
The Plaza took its shape from the globe in the Marine emblem (eagle, globe, and anchor) and represents Corporal Medellin’s life as a Marine. The symbolic idea of a circle, representing his life and his constant, steadfast memory, further strengthens the meaning behind the shape of the memorial plaza.
The obelisk represents Marty’s stand, and his devotion to his family and country. It is an icon signifying all that he stood for. His courage can be seen from the obelisk’s height above all the other elements in the plaza and allow for individuals to pay their respects as they look towards the sky at the obelisk.
Semper Fidelis is in inscribed in the obelisk and can be seen on the back of the plaza sign, located directly on the circles edge to show our everlasting respect for his sacrifice.
He lives alone in the hills and the trees
He bares his soul to the cool mountain breeze
He talks to the spirit he listens to the wind
They shield him from memories buried deep within
The world has forgotten the sacrifice he made
The scars he bears remind him of the high price he paid
Freedom is not given but with blood it has been bought
By warriors such as he and by the wars they fought
We can’t forget our warriors or let them die in vain
But with respect and honor we can help to ease their pain
Our Freedom will be taken if no one will defend
God bless our Forgotten Warriors who live to fight again.
Cpl. Jesus Martin Antonio Medellin
His parents gave him three names. But in Fort Worth, where Jesus Martin Antonio Medellin grew up, everyone called him “Marty.” The 21-year-old Marine died April 7, 2003 when enemy fire on an Iraqi bridge hit the amphibious assault vehicle he was riding in. Medellin was so reliable that when a teacher had to be out of class in high school, he’d always give Medellin’s name to any substitute. “You could depend on this guy in any situation,” said David Moerbe, who teaches economics at Boswell High School. His family described him as a gentle, quiet man who was active in church, loved his grandmother’s tortillas and spent time with his 11-year-old brother, Simon. The second of four sons, Medellin knew from a young age that he wanted to become a Marine. He graduated from Boswell high in 2000 and returned to the school after 6 months on a recruiting swing. Handsome and sharply dressed in his Marine uniform, he sought out Moerbe to tell him all he had accomplished. His former pastor, Paul Danielson, recalled how proud Medellin was in his uniform.
C.M. Grady, a Fort Worth mounted patrol officer, led her riderless horse through the crowd gathered for a vigil at the Fort Worth family home of Cpl. Jesus Martin Antonio Medellin in early April 2003.