To commemorate this time in history, Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter TX 1000 is coordinating the design and installation of a “Welcome Home” memorial to be placed at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery. The memorial is composed of four (4) black granite panels with a slope from the center height of seven (7 ‘) feet to five ( 5 ‘) feet at each end. All panels are eight (8) inches thick. A five (5) foot wide sidewalk meeting the ADA standards will surround the memorial. The angle of the memorial is 125°. “The Wall” angle in Washington D.C. is 125° 12’. The inscriptions engraved on the panels will be “WELCOME HOME”, the five (5) seals of the services, the service of women and the seal of the Vietnam Commemoration. Located on the far right panel is the POW MIA seal. Below the seals will be personal expressions of Vietnam Veterans saying how they felt in Vietnam, or of their thoughts after they had returned home. It could be a line from a song or a poem written by the Veteran or one that they felt expressed their thoughts. Along the bottom of the panels are combat scenes depicting some of the equipment used by each service branch during the war such as a Huey, a Dust-off, an F-4 jet, and a Swift Boat. This concept should create a very unique memorial for our Vietnam Veterans.
The group has raised over $43,000 to date and due to unforeseen costs, an additional $3,600 is needed.
For those interested in donating, contributions can be mailed to:
603 N. 8th St.
Killeen, TX, 76541
Donations can also be dropped off at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, with the recipients as the “Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1000.”
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