“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.”
About the Artists
Sculptor Duke Sundt created the original design of the bronze sculpture honoring Texans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam. The son of a World War II and Korean War veteran and brother of a Vietnam veteran, the New Mexico artist’s work ranges from the Texas Longhorn on the University of Texas campus to a number of military figure sculptures around the nation.
Artist and Deep in the Heart Art Foundry owner Clint Howard contributed to and supervised the final sculpting details and bronzing of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans monument and served as the site designer and general contractor for the installation of the monument.
Artist Jake Jakovich sculpted many of the finishing touches and fine details of the monument.
Deep in the Heart Art Foundry
The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans monument was cast and bronzed at the Deep in the Heart Art Foundry in Bastrop, Texas.
The Monument Comes to Life
The process of building a monument honoring Texas veterans of the Vietnam War on the Capitol grounds took approximately one year at the Deep in the Heart Art Foundry in Bastrop.