Rachel Ramesar loves bringing her young children to the library in Harker Heights. She plans to keep her kids excited about reading.
"We're probably going to have weekly trips up here, and we pick up topics every week that he wants to look up," she said.
Tuesday, there was a slight change to their favorite spot. City officials gathered to unveil the newly-named Stewart C. Meyer Library.
After serving 36 years as an Army Major General, Meyer used his leadership skills as mayor of Harker Heights from 1993 to 1997. During his time in office, he helped bring the first public library to the city.
“I don't know if there's any better, more wonderful way to have honored him, and to really get to what he was all about, then to name this beautiful library after him,” Stewart Meyer’s widow, Mari Meyer, said.
Meyer—who loved reading himself--died on New Year's Eve, 2012. City leaders say he left a lasting impression on the town.
“Everybody that I worked with thought the world of Stewart Meyer,” Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin said. “He was a great leader in World War II, Korea, Vietnam. He was just tremendously respected not only in the Army, but also in the community when he got out.”
Despite Meyer’s impactful time in the mayoral seat, the local leader will now be perhaps best known for his thirst for knowledge.
“Every time I saw him, he would speak to me about the importance of libraries in his life and the importance of library in the making of a community,” Library Director Lisa Youngblood said.