Hays County Proclaims March 29 as Belated Welcome Home Texas Vietnam Veterans Day
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court has proclaimed March 29, 2014, as “Belated Welcome Home Texas Vietnam Veterans Day” in Hays County to recognize those veterans’ service to the United States. That same day has been named “Texas Vietnam Veterans Day” by the Texas Legislature to commemorate the dedication of a bronze, 14-foot sculpture on the Texas Capitol grounds.
Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 923 attended Commissioners Court to accept the proclamation. Each member of the Court expressed appreciation for the dedication and service given by Vietnam War veterans and thanked Chapter 923 members for pursuing private donations to place the monument at the State Capitol. The audience gave the members attending a standing ovation and lengthy applause.
The Commissioners Court’s proclamation reminds the public that an estimated 500,000 Texans served in the Vietnam War, including some 3,400 who perished and 105 who remain Missing in Action. All demonstrated courage and dignity while serving.
The monument at the State Capitol will serve as a place where visitors can reflect on and honor every Texan who fought for and served the country with honor and courage during the Vietnam War. It depicts an infantry patrol surrounded by those who supported the core fighting force. The sculpture was paid for by private donations and a matching grant from the Texas Historical Commission.
The dedication at the State Capitol is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, with the actual dedication ceremony planned for 10 a.m. on the northeast side of the Capitol grounds. The public is invited to this free event, although registering for a headcount is appreciated. More information is at www.buildthemonument.org.