Local VVA Chapters are not the only ones who are interested in memorializing those who fought to protect the country. In Killeen, TX, a local business owner, Sandra Skinner, challenged the community to donate to this very cause.
Fort Hood, TX Chapter 1000 began an effort to build a Vietnam War memorial at the State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen. Skinner led the way by donating $5, 000 to the Chapter 1000, the closest chapter to Killeen.
The chapter has now reached their goal of $27, 000 in donations for this project. Skinner’s donation made an impactful dent in the overall cost, and inspired others to be generous in their donations.
The design of the memorial will resemble the memorial wall in Washington DC. Troy Kelley is the designer of the memorial. His previous work includes a memorial for the victims of the November 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage. The Vietnam memorial will be eight-feet tall and include quotations from various Vietnam veterans.
The memorial is on track to be completed by October 2017.