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Remembering officer Houston: Mesquite’s 821 Day campaign aims to keep his memory alive

Mesquite, Texas – In a heartfelt gesture to commemorate the life and service of Mesquite Police Officer Richard Houston II, who was tragically killed in the line of duty in 2021, the Mesquite Police Association (MPA) Charities has introduced the “821 Day” campaign. This initiative, named after Officer Houston’s badge number, is set to take place on August 21st.

Mesquite local restaurants are partnering with the 821 Day Campaign

During the event, local restaurants partnering with the campaign will contribute part of their earnings to fund the placement of signs on a section of Interstate 635, henceforth to be known as the Officer Richard Houston II Memorial Highway.

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“We believe that 821 Day is a small way that we can all come together to honor Officer Houston’s memory and support his family,” said MPA Charities President Officer Bruce Sales. “Our goal is to have the signage installed by the second anniversary date of his end of watch, which is Dec. 3. We are extremely grateful for each and every donation.”

The move to rename part of the Interstate came into being after collaboration between MPA Charites and Texas State Rep. Victoria Neave, culminating in the passage of House Bill 975. The bill was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott on June 10, and it will come into effect on September 1.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will oversee the manufacturing and installation of the signs, while the cost, estimated at $40,500, will be borne by community contributions. So far, MPA Charities has raised approximately $16,000 towards this noble cause.

To see a list of participating restaurants and to make donations, visit www.mpacharities.com/821Day.

Mark Long

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