Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit Coming to Lubbock

Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit Coming to Lubbock

By David Dean

 

 

 

3,417 DOG TAGS COMMEMORATE TEXANS LOST IN VIETNAMLUBBOCK – The Museum of Texas Tech University is proud to announce the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit will be on display from October 25 to November 14, in the Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court. Forty years after their war, the Texans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War are being honored by their state with a monument on the Capitol grounds in Austin. Before the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument is dedicated next March 29, 2014, an exhibit that includes a tribute to the 3,417 men who died is touring the state. Information about the monument dedication is available at www.buildthemonument.org. {{more}}The Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit was developed by the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument committee to honor and remember every Texan who died in the Vietnam War, including the 102 Texans who remain Missing in Action. Every Texan who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam is individually represented on one of a pair of dog tags that includes his name, rank, branch of service, date of loss, and home of record. The second dog tag will be entombed within the monument being placed on the Capitol grounds in Austin. A scale model replica of the monument is included in the exhibit.Don Dorsey, Texas Vietnam Veteran. Dorsey holds up hand-embossed dog tags he made for the exhibit. Dorsey serves on the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument Committee. From the exhibition Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit. Photo courtesy of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans“The exhibit is an educational and healing opportunity,” said Robert Floyd, Chairman of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument Committee. “Taking it across the state allows us to honor Vietnam veterans in communities across Texas, and gives veterans and families the opportunity to honor the Texans who never came home.”In celebration of Veterans Day, the Museum will be open to the public 10am-5pm on Monday, November 11, to allow additional time for visitors to see the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit before it travels to the next Texas city.Admission to the museum and exhibit is free, as is parking in the north and west lots of the Museum, located on the Texas Tech campus at 3301 4th Street . For information about the Museum’s hours, visit www.museum.ttu.edu, or call 806.742.2490. “There’s something for everyone at the Museum.”