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"A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers." - John F. Kennedy
On March 29 at 10:00 am, the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument was dedicated on the Texas capital grounds. It stands to honor Texans who fought, or otherwise served, and gave their lives during the Vietnam War as part of the United States Armed Forces. The monument was created as a testament to the honor, courage, sacrifice, and call to duty of all Texans who served in Vietnam. It also stands in memorial to the 3417 Texans that died in battle.
Artist and sculptor Duke Sundt created this magnificent monument and our friends at Deep in the Heart Art Foundry brought it to life.
The monument was cast in bronze and rested on a pediment of concrete and Texas Red Sunset granite. It has a total of five figures. Each figure is 1.25 times life size and each represents the different ways the Texans served: The Grunt - an Anglo-American; The Raidioman - a Native American; The Scout Sniper - a Hispanic American; The Medic - a Black American; The Wounded Soldier - an Asian-American. Below the figures are six bas relief panels each representing the military forces used in Vietnam: Infantry and Artillery; Air Power; Blue Water Navy; Brown Water Navy; Helicopters; Medical with emphasis on the female nurse and the Donut Dollies. Two additional bas relief panels are included: one depicting the Vietnamese people, and the front bas relief with the Seal of Texas sided by two Vietnamese dragons.
The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument is the first on the Capitol grounds to represent the ethnic diversity of Texas, and the first accompanied by an educational mobile app to enhance visitors' understanding of the monument's symbols and allow them to hear the stories of Texas veterans.