Thursday, March 27, 2014

Capitol monument honoring Texas Vietnam veterans ceremony set

AUSTIN Forty-one years to the day after the last American combat troops left Vietnam and nine years after the effort began, the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument will be dedicated in a 10:00 a.m. ceremony Saturday, March 29th at the Texas State Capitol. Governor Rick Perry is expected to accept the monument on behalf of the state. The event is free and open to the public.

The ceremony will include the participation of veterans, family members, active-duty military, Texas school children and elected officials. The monument honoring all Texans who served in Vietnam will be unveiled and a special tribute will be made to the 3,417 Texans who died or are unaccounted for in Vietnam. A “Welcome Home Fair” including Vietnam War equipment displays and an exhibition of 3,417 personalized dog tags remembering Texas’ Vietnam War lost will take place in and around the Capitol.

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