Kids to Design Soldier Tribute for Tarrant County Vietnam War-Era Memorial
Jan. 1, 2020 – FORT WORTH – Students across the area are being challenged to help design a Tarrant County Vietnam war-era memorial, according to project planners led by Jim Hodgson, executive director of the Fort Worth Aviation Museum.
“At least 220 county residents died as a result of the conflict,” Hodgson points out. “Currently, there’s no local monument to honor those killed in Southeast Asia, but that may soon be changing.
“We’re proposing a permanent display in Fort Worth’s Veterans Memorial Park on Camp Bowie Blvd. designed by local students to honor American service members for their sacrifices, as well as commemorate the loss to the families and loved ones.”
The proposed monumental effort is backed by a coalition of Tarrant County officials, the Fort Worth Parks Dept., national and local veterans service organizations, as well as patriotic groups and individuals across North Texas. Representatives of these groups are now meeting to discuss the logistics of the project.
“The memorial is to be designed, built and installed by mid-September 2020,” Hodgson explains. The dedication ceremony would coincide with National Medal of Honor Society’s annual conference to be held in Fort Worth that month.
Hodgson has assembled a team of volunteers to take on a myriad of challenges related to the memorial project. Over the next several months, those efforts will include:
- Engaging schools and students in the memorial’s design
- Verifying the names of those to be included on the monument
- Spreading the word and raising funds to support the effort
- Dedication ceremony in Veterans Memorial Park
A Facebook page dedicated to the project has been launched
at https://www.facebook.com/TCVWM/. An interactive website is being developed where online donations can be made. “We eventually hope to link the entire virtual community supporting this campaign,” Hodgson concludes.
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