Texas Vietnam Heroes
Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit Coming to San Antonio
3,417 dog tags commemorate Texans lost in Vietnam
UPDATE: Exhibit extended through Sept. 8, 2013. ITC will continue free Sundays.
SAN ANTONIO – Forty years after their war, the Texans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War are being honored by their state with a monument on the Capitol grounds in Austin. Before the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument is dedicated next March, an exhibit that includes a tribute to the 3,417 men who died – 287 of them from San Antonio – will tour the state with a stop in San Antonio during the month of August.
From August 3 to August 25, the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit will be displayed at the Institute of Texan Cultures.
The Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit was developed by the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument committee to honor and remember every Texan who died in the Vietnam War, including the 102 Texans who remain Missing in Action. Every Texan who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam is individually represented on one of a pair of dog tags that includes his name, rank, branch of service, date of loss and home of record. The second dog tag will be entombed within the monument being placed on the Capitol grounds in Austin. A scale model replica of the monument is included in the exhibit.
"The exhibit is an educational and healing opportunity," said Robert Floyd, Chairman of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument Committee. "Taking it across the state allows us to honor Vietnam veterans in communities across Texas, and gives veterans and families the opportunity to honor the Texans who never came home.
"The military bases in San Antonio played a very important role during the Vietnam War, and the city was second only to Houston in war losses," Floyd added. "And because the monument, like the Institute, pays deliberate tribute to the cultural diversity of Texans, we knew this would be an appropriate venue."
The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument will feature five infantry soldiers, representing the five major ethnicities of Texas. It will be the first monument on the state Capitol grounds to depict the cultural diversity of Texas.
The exhibit opening ceremony, 10 a.m., Saturday, August 3, is free and open to the public and free admission will continue until 11 a.m. that day. In support of the exhibit, and to give allow visitors the opportunity to see this powerful exhibit, the museum will offer free Sundays during the Month of August: August 4, 11, 18 and 25.
The exhibit’s stop in San Antonio is made possible in part by the generous support of the Valero Corporation.
The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults (ages 12-64); $7 for seniors (ages 65+); $6 for children (ages 3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit TexanCultures.com.