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A Vietnam Remembrance

Mar 24, 2013

On March 24th and 25th, The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument celebrated the beginning of monument construction and honored the 3,417 Texans who died in the Vietnam War. Lady Bird Johnson was honorary chair of the committee that proposed the monument. 

An historic Reading of the Names of all Texas Vietnam War heroes was held March 24th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the LBJ Presidential Library Auditorium. 

Following the Reading of the Names at 6 p.m. on March 24, a casual reception honoring Texas Vietnam veterans was held at Scholz Garten [1607 San Jacinto Blvd].

The Monument Groundbreaking Ceremony took place at the monument site on the Northeast side of the Capitol Grounds at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 25. During the ceremony, the personalized Dog Tags of our 3,417 Texas Vietnam War Heroes were dedicated for entombment in the monument. Texas combat journalist Joe Galloway, co-author of the best-selling book We Were Soldiers Once, and Young, delivered the keynote address at the Groundbreaking Ceremony. The dog tags were carried in a procession accompanied by the Patriot Guard Riders to the monument foundry in Bastrop.

The Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit will be on display in the Great Hall of the LBJ Library through July 28.

More information about the monument is available here. Watch a video of veterans creating the dogtags in this exhibit.

In honor of the groundbreaking of the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the Texas Capitol on March 25, the LBJ Library will display replica dog tags representing each of the 3,417 Texans who died in the Vietnam War from March 24 through July 28.

Press coverage:
The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument, My Groundbreaking Experience [March 28, 2013]
Vietnam veterans event at the LBJ Library [Austin American Statesman, March 24, 2013]
Texans killed in Vietnam recognized at LBJ Library [kvue.com, March 24, 2013]
VIETNAM WAR HEROES HONORED [myfoxaustin.com, March 24, 2013]
LBJ exhibit opens honoring Vietnam vets [kxan.com, March 25, 2013]
Vietnam Memorial to Break Ground in Austin [nbcdfw.com, March 25, 2013]

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Sarah McCracken
Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River Street
Austin TX 78705
sarah@lbjfoundation.org


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