Mustang Memorial Park is the official name of the new sports complex for the Eldon R-1 School District.
The Mustang is not only the mascot of the Eldon R1 School District, it was also recognized by Congress in 1971 as symbolizing the historic and pioneer spirit of the West. A spirit characterized by the pursuit of a greater future, the overcoming of hardships, and the commitment to a cause bigger than oneself. And so it seems only fitting that “mustang” appear in the name of the new complex. Superintendent Matt Davis stated, “Projects of this nature are no small task, and their effects can be far reaching, becoming more than just a place to view sporting events. We wanted to make sure the alumni of EHS as well as the community of Eldon shared in this endeavor.”
And that is exactly what has happened.
Within Legacy Plaza, located at the “mustang statue”, is the collection of monuments representing each branch of service. Upon each monument are the names of Eldon Alumni and members of the community having served the United States of America. “The response to including the monuments has been overwhelming,” says Davis, “It is very moving to see family members touch the names of their loves ones etched on the monuments, very proud of their service to our country.”
The paver stones surrounding this statue and located on the benches and tables, pay tribute to the accomplishments, memories, and in turn legacies of individuals, families, teams, groups and businesses.
To celebrate the spirit of EHS, the football field has been named “Victor Field” in honor of the school fight song, “The Victors”. Davis commented, “Any time we talk about school spirit or school pride, it implies a sense of belonging or standing together. School fight songs are well known at high schools, colleges, and universities used both as a rally cry and a sign of celebration. The name brings meaning and ownership to our students who will participate on and around the field.”
Corresponding to the name of Victor Field is a poem titled “The Victor” by C.W. Longenecker. The poem embodies the struggles and challenges that our community has faced over the years. When Mustang Memorial Park opens its doors, it will be more than just a new place where games or meets will be held. As we move forward, Victor Field symbolizes a new era, and we believe this poem best describes our journey.
THE VICTOR by C.W. Longenecker
If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you like to win but think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost.
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will.
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.
And so, Mustang Memorial Park becomes a new landmark not only in the town of Eldon, but also in the hearts of alumni and community, embracing the idea that this will become a place where families gather and friends connect, building strong the relationships that sustain through the trials of life. It is here where the character of competitors will be tested, offering them the opportunity to push themselves as never before. And it is here where the legacies and memories of special moments and dear loved ones will live on.
The Eldon R-1 Board of Education has announced an evening of dedication and celebration to take place at Mustang Memorial Park on Thursday August 23. The evening will include: Wreath Laying Ceremony at Legacy Plaza, Press Box Ribbon Cutting, and Dedication Ceremony on Victor Field. Events will begin at 7:30pm.