“I want you to bring your children here, and your grandchildren. You tell them about these men and women that we honored here today. You tell your kids about how these veterans answered their nation’s call and left Texas to go to a far away land called Vietnam. Tell them how these veterans fulfilled their duty to their country. Your duty is to make sure it is Never Forgotten.”
Honoring Our Texas Heroes
The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument honors all the men and women of Texas who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. Entombed inside the monument are personalized dog tags honoring each of the 3,417 Texans who died or are unaccounted for in Vietnam.
As the physical and symbolic center of state government, the Texas State Capitol and its grounds are carefully managed by the State Preservation Board. Additions to the grounds must be legislatively approved, and in May 2005, during the 79th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa and Representative Wayne Smith, both Vietnam veterans, co-sponsored House Concurrent Resolution 36 authorizing the monument.
An estimated 5,000 people attended the March 29, 2014 dedication of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument as Texas schoolchildren, representatives of the U.S. Department of Defense and active duty military personnel, Texas citizens and their elected leaders, and veterans and families joined to honor the estimated half million Vietnam veterans who lived in the state at the time. The event occurred on the 41st anniversary of the day the last American combat troops left Vietnam.
For the one million people who visit the Texas State Capitol every year, the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument – and the monuments honoring Texans who served in the Texas Revolution, the Civil War, World War I, World War II and the Korean War – are a reminder of the proud service and noble sacrifice of Texans in the United States military throughout history.