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Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit

3,417 Dog Tags Commemorate Texans Lost in Vietnam
Corpus Christi – Forty years after their war, the Texans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War are being honored by their state with a monument on the Capitol grounds in Austin. Before the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument is dedicated in March, an exhibit that includes a tribute to the 3,417 men who died is touring the state with a stop in Corpus Christi.
From February 6th to March 23rd the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit will be displayed at the USS LEXINGTON Museum on the Bay.
The Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit was developed by the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument committee to honor and remember every Texan who died in the Vietnam War, including the 102 Texans who remain Missing in Action. Every Texan who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam is individually represented on one of a pair of dog tags that includes his name, rank, branch of service, date of loss and home of record. The second dog tag will be entombed within the monument being placed on the Capitol grounds in Austin. A scale model replica of the monument is included in the exhibit.
“The exhibit is an educational and healing opportunity,” said Robert Floyd, Chairman of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument Committee. “Taking it across the state allows us to honor Vietnam Veterans in communities across Texas, and gives veterans and families the opportunity to honor the Texans who never came home.”
Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, who co-sponsored the legislation authorizing the monument, was instrumental in bringing the exhibit to LEXINGTON and will be aboard when it arrives. Escorted by the Patriot Guard the exhibit will be off loaded and a brief ceremony will take place. The first crate of the exhibit will be covered by an American Flag and presented to Sandra Mora the sister of CPL Robert Charles Mora who gave his life in Vietnam. He was born in Corpus Christi and was the second born of six children to Thomas C. Mora and Eva P. Mora, both now deceased. He attended Moody High School where they called him “Bobby” and he was well-known as a very talented artist. Painting, drawing and sculpture were his favorite mediums. He made many friends in his short life and was very popular in school. As is common with artists, he was a very gentle soul and he made his family proud, especially his mother. Although his life was short, he remains in the hearts and minds of his siblings.
WHAT: Arrival Ceremony – Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit WHERE: USS LEXINGTON Museum on the Bay WHEN: February 6, 2014 – 1:30 P