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Mineral Wells, TX
April 25, 2011
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Museum plans second update of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica
On June 5, 2010 we had the first update of our Vietnam Veterans Memorial attended by over 1,000 visitors, when we unveiled the added name of Marine Gunnery Sergeant Enrique Valdez. At the same time, we unveiled our “Soldier’s Cross” sculpture, and our computer kiosk, which contains a complete database of the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Locations of the names on the wall can be searched by name, state, or hometown. Even the original in Washington, D. C. does not have this service.
On June 4, 2011, we will again be updating our replica to add the six names, 3 U.S. Army and 3 Marines, which were added last Memorial Day in Washington. We will also be reclassifying the status of 18 servicemen whose remains were identified and repatriated in the past year. Once again we expect a capacity crowd, not only for the ceremony, but also to see the museum updates that have occurred over the past year.
Nestled in a grove of Arizona Cypress, the museum’s replica wall is composed of two wings aligned at a 125 degree angle just as in the original in Washington. Each wing is 144 feet long and 6 feet 7.5 inches tall at the apex. It consists of 36 aluminum panels, and to the best of our knowledge is the only replica currently that can be updated like the wall in D.C.
This year’s ceremony will include Major General Bob Hollingsworth (USMC Retired) as a guest speaker, a parachute jump by Sergeant First Class Dana Bowman (USA Ret.), two buglers from the Denton, Texas chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) sounding “Echo Taps”, and the Fort Sill Half Section, an accurate representation of the horse drawn artillery units of the U.S. Army that served in World War I.
Also this year, something really special has been added...presentations about Operation Baby Lift, the name given to the mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam to the United States, Australia, France and Canada at the end of the Vietnam War. From April 3–26, 1975, over 3,300 infants and children were evacuated and, ultimately, adopted by families around the world. Presentations will include documentary film screenings, special music, displays, photos, original clothing, etc.
Please visit our website for more information about the museum, our gardens, future events, and donation opportunities at www.nationalvnwarmuseum.org.
The National Vietnam War Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the state of Texas.
Edward T. "Edd" Luttenberger
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