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The Hays County Courthouse at 111 E. San Antonio Street will be home to a replica of the proposed Texas Vietnam War Memorial through the end of May.

The replica, located in the rotunda of the historic courthouse, is on tour to encourage donations to fund its construction on the grounds of the Texas capitol. The Hays County Courthouse is its first stop on the tour.

“I had the pleasure of helping two Central Texas Vietnam War veterans, Patrick Reilly and Fred Hudgeons from the Military Order of the Purple Heart, assemble the traveling memorial that honors the half million Texans who served in that war,” said Jude Prather, the county’s veterans service officer. “The monument reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of those who served, those who made the ultimate sacrifice and those still missing today.”

A concurrent resolution approved by the 79th Legislature in May 2005 authorized the building of a monument at the Capitol to be paid for by private donations. The State Historical Commission will match donations up to a total of $500,000.

“I hope our residents will take the time to visit this beautiful tribute to our nation’s heroes as well as support the construction of the actual monument,” Prather said.

More information about the monument and how to donate is available at www.buildthemonument.org. For information about services provided to veterans by the Hays County Veteran Services Office, call 512-392-8387 or visit the website here.

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2 thoughts on “Vietnam War memorial prototype on display at Hays County courthouse

  1. This is wonderful! Except…it fails to recognize the *gender* diversity of those who served. During the war, over 260,000 women served around the world in many capacities, and some 11,000 served in Vietnam proper. Many lost their lives, and their names are memorialized on the Wall in Washington, DC.

    This link to the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation gives the full story of their sacrifices: http://www.vietnamwomensmemorial.org/

    Any chance they can be added to the sculpture?

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