Episode 999 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will be finishing up a story that began in episode 552 and was published on February 13, 2016. That episode announced plans for the creation of a Vietnam memorial to be placed at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery located on Texas Highway 195 south of Killeen. Episode 969 announced that work on memorial was completed at the Riley-Gardner Memorial Services Company in Hamilton and its immediate movement to the cemetery.
In this episode a story in The Fort Hood Herald titled: Retired general to speak at memorial dedication by Julie A. Ferraro, Herald Correspondent is featured. It describes the upcoming formal dedication ceremony to be held at 10:00 am this coming Monday, August 28, 2017. The monument consists of four black marble panels bearing the words “Welcome Home, Brothers & Sisters” along with dozens of engraved quotes from Vietnam veterans in Central Texas and elsewhere.
The keynote speaker for the event is the very appropriately chosen retired Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk. He is a Vietnam Veteran who brings with him an impressive resume. He was born at Fort Hood, he graduated from nearby Baylor University in Waco, he married his wife Beth in the Fort Hood 1st Cav Division Chapel. She was the daughter Lt. Gen. John Yeosock, who commanded the 1st Cavalry Division at the time. All his children graduated from high school in Harker Heights. Both he and his father commanded III Corps and Fort Hood.
The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1000 of Killeen deserves a great deal of credit for helping make the memorial a reality. They were instrumental in raising the $40,000 required to complete the project.
Everyone in the Central Texas area are encouraged to attend the dedication.
Get more information about the event in episode 999.