FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/19/2014
STATE REPRESENTATIVE TONY DALE INVITES AREA VIETNAM VETERANS, FAMILIES AND TEXANS
(CEDAR PARK, TX) State Representative Tony Dale (Cedar Park) today invites area Vietnam Veterans, their families and all Texans to attend and participate in the dedication of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument dedication ceremony on Saturday, March 29 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on the north lawn of the Texas Capitol.
“Our Vietnam Veterans carried a heavy burden for our country and it is right and fitting that we dedicate this monument in a place of honor on the Capitol grounds. I encourage all local residents, especially our Vietnam Veterans and their families, to attend this ceremony to honor those men and women who answered the call of their nation,” said Dale.
Forty-one years to the day after the last American troops were in Vietnam, the state of Texas will welcome its Vietnam Veterans home as the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument is dedicated on March 29, 2014. The date has been officially designated as “Texas Vietnam Veterans Day” by the Texas legislature.
The Saturday ceremony and family-friendly “Welcome Home Fair” saluting our state’s Vietnam Veterans at the State Capitol is free and open to the public. Those wishing to attend should RSVP via EventBrite at the following link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/texas-capitol-vietnam-veterans- monument-dedication-tickets-8529817915
The ceremony will include the participation of veterans, family members, active-duty military, Texas school children and elected officials. The monument honoring all Texans who served in Vietnam will be unveiled and a special tribute will be made to the 3,417 Texans who died or are unaccounted for in Vietnam. A “Welcome Home Fair” including Vietnam War equipment displays and an exhibition of
3,417 personalized dog tags remembering Texas’ Vietnam War lost will take place in and around the
More than 3,000 Vietnam veterans and family members from across the state are expected to attend the event. In addition to Governor Perry, speakers will include -
• U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson of Dallas, an Air Force aviator who was held captive and tortured as
Prisoner of War in Vietnam for seven years;
• Lieutenant General Mick Kicklighter, Director of the United States 50th Commemoration of the
• State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa and State Representative Wayne Smith, Vietnam veteran legislators who co-sponsored the monument authorization legislation;
• Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst;
• Robert Floyd, Chairman of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument Committee.
CONTACT: Greg Bentch (512) 463-0696