AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry will be among the dignitaries gathering on the Texas Capitol grounds to dedicate a monument to Vietnam War veterans.
The dedication Saturday morning marks the 41st anniversary of the last U.S. troops leaving South Vietnam. About a half-million Texans served in the war, with more than 3,400 losing their lives and 105 still missing in action.
Private donations matched by the Texas Historical Commission have led to the casting and placement on a granite base of a 14-foot bronze sculpture of an infantry patrol under fire.
The monument on the northeast side of the Capitol grounds joins others erected on the grounds to Texans who have fought in other wars, dating back to the Texas Revolution.