When it is completed on the grounds of the Texas Capitol building in Austin, the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument will honor all Texans who served in the Vietnam War. The monument will feature a fourteen-foot-high of an infantry patrol, surrounded by bas-relief panels depicting military personnel who supported them, including a radio operator and a medic.
The Vietnam Veterans Monument will take its place on the Capitol grounds among other monuments honoring Texans who served in the Texas Revolution, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and Korean War.
The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument Committee, which is made up entire of Vietnam veterans and was set up by the Texas Legislature to build the Monument, has an excellent web site that features an interactive map of Texas veterans in their communities. It also contains stories submitted by individual veterans. The idea of the web site is to create a “living monument” that preserves the stories of Vietnam veterans. The Committee is working with Texas Tech’s Vietnam Center on this effort.
The site also includes a video, “Texas Remembers,” narrated by Joe Galloway, the former Vietnam War correspondent and long-time veterans’ advocate.