AUSTIN ? The Texas State Cemetery will honor all Texas veterans of the Vietnam War on April 19, 2008, by unveiling a new monument on its grounds. The monument, the first honoring Vietnam veterans at the Cemetery, will feature grey and black granite and a bronze sculpture on top. The monument will join those dedicated to World War II veterans, Purple Heart recipients, Medal of Honor recipients and others. The monument will honor all branches of service who served during the Vietnam era including the Marine Corps, Navy, Army, Air Force, Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Coast Guard and the Merchant Marines.
Lt. General Jefferson Davis Howell, USMC (Ret.) will be the keynote speaker and is expected to speak of his experiences during the Vietnam War. Howell, a former Marine, was also the Director of the Johnson Space Center for a number of years. In addition to General Howell, remarks will be given by a veteran enlisted man, an officer and a nurse. Members of each branch of service and various elected officials will be on hand for the unveiling as well as the 36th Infantry Division Band from Camp Mabry in Austin. Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines will provide the color guard and rifle detail.
Ceremonies will begin at 10:30 a.m.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Harry Bradley ? Superintendent of the Texas State Cemetery
Contact Phone: (512) 463-6023
Jason Walker ? Texas State Cemetery
Contact Phone: (512) 463-8304