Vietnam Wall Memorial Replica installed in Huntsville

On Sunday, March 27th, I attended the dedication of the replica of the Vietnam Wall Memorial at the H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum in Huntsville, Texas. The memorial is an 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.

Our nation’s military servicemembers, both past and present, deserve to be honored for their sacrifices to our great nation. I am proud to join my community in recognizing the H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum for doing just that. This memorial is a small token of our gratitude to the men and women who served in the Vietnam War – this will serve as an important place to pause, remember, and reflect on the sacrifices made for our country.

The H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum is a permanent home for this replica. It will provide the opportunity for families and veterans from across Texas and neighboring states to honor the 58,320 individuals whose names are permanently etched in stone on the memorial.

As it now stands, The H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum was completed and opened on Nov. 11, 2009, after receiving FEMA and Office of Rural and Cultural Affairs grants totaling more than $5.2 million. The museum broke ground on Pearl Harbor Day in 2008. Since then, the museum has acquired a 2 ½ ton truck, a Gamma Goat used by Marines in Vietnam, two vintage jeeps, a Huey H-1 helicopter, a Cobra Attack Helicopter, an F16A Jet Fighter, and a M60A3 Patton Tank. The H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum also features the Medal of Honor Bike, a motorcycle signed by more than a dozen Medal of Honor recipients. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located on Highway 75 close to Interstate 45.


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