FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) â Local efforts to honor Vietnam war-era veterans from Tarrant County are moving forward in spite of the pandemic, according a news release from Jim Hodgson, executive director of the Fort Worth Aviation Museum, and leader of the memorial campaign.
âAt least 220 county residents died as a result of the conflict,â Hodgson points out. âCurrently, thereâs no local monument to honor those killed in Southeast Asia, but we intend to change that. Weâre planning a permanent display in Fort Worthâs Veterans Memorial Park on Camp Bowie Blvd. â conceived by high school student artist Ryan Scieneaux â to honor American service members for their sacrifices, as well as commemorate the loss to the families and loved ones.âREAD MORE: 'Emotions Matter' At Dallas ISD's Boude Storey Middle School As Students Climb Out Of 'COVID Slide'
A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the park November 19 to coincide with the National Medal of Honor Societyâs annual conference held in Fort Worth last year.READ MORE: 'Pure Evil', Accused Killer Jason Thornburg Spoke At Alleged Victim's Funeral
The 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 people across North Texas.
Local sculpture artist Michael Pavlovsky is working with Nick Nelson of the landscape architectural firm Pacheco Koch to refine the basic design, so it meets Fort Worth Parks Dept. requirements, along with input from the Fort Worth Art Commission.MORE NEWS: Big Cowboys Win Means Massive Shopping Spree For Some
At the most recent planning meeting, leaders of the Mansfield Area Marines presented Hodgson a check for $200 to support the memorial fund.