Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene Seeks Donations for Vietnam Era Veterans Monument

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Texas VLB
Sep 6, 2018 · 3 min read
A Vietnam Veteran pays his respects to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery

A committee has convened to create a Vietnam Era Veterans Memorial Monument at the and is seeking donations to fund this very special project.

The committee members include: Dr. Jerry Strader, Brigadier General (Ret) U.S. Army; Chuck Statler, M.P. U.S. Army and Taylor County Commissioner; J. Glenn Bright, LtCol (Ret) U.S. Army, Vietnam Veteran; Richard Stokes, U.S. Air Force and former Commander of VFW Post 6873 in Abilene; and Jimmy Defoor, U.S. Army (Ret), Vietnam Veteran and On-Site Representative for the cemetery.

“Our country called, it was our duty to serve, and we served with honor,” Vietnam Era Veterans Memorial Monument Committee.

The monument will be constructed out of black granite and will be roughly eight feet tall and 26 feet wide with seven panels set in a ‘V’ shape. Seals representing each branch of the military will be etched into the granite along with the words “Duty, Honor, Country” across the top. The memorial will be located on the south side of the cemetery near the Administration building.

“This memorial is pretty special to me, and to a lot of other folks here in Abilene, and when it’s finished we’ll all have a great feeling of accomplishment,” said Jimmy Defoor. “I’m not one who likes to just sit around, I like to get involved. This project has given me an opportunity to work with many of the other Vietnam Veterans here in our community-we’ve all been close for many years.”

The Vietnam Era Veterans Memorial Monument has been well received in the Abilene community and fundraising efforts are well underway, but there is still a long way to go to reach the monetary goal.

“Don’t miss the chance to have ownership in this unique project,” said Jimmy Defoor. “Even if you can only donate a few dollars you can have pride knowing that you helped build this monument that will bring comfort and solace to so many Veterans and their family members.”

Jimmy Defoor, VLB On-Site Representative

The will be accepting all donations for this project, which has an estimated cost of about $70,000. Donations will be accepted online at or by mail. Checks can be made out to Community Foundation of Abilene; please write Vietnam Memorial in the notes section.

Community Foundation of Abilene
P.O. Box 1001
Abilene TX 79604

The was honored to host this past March and is proud to have a permanent on the grounds as well. There are plans to have more Vietnam Veteran Monuments placed at the and the .

The dedication ceremony is planned for the Spring of 2019. Stay tuned for the details.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery

The has four across Texas in , , and . These cemeteries are hallowed grounds exclusively for Veterans, their spouses, and dependent children. They are special resting places, close to home, where friends, family and fellow Texans can honor Texas Veterans. For more information please call 1–800–252–8387 or visit .

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