Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Texas XII

San Antonio, perhaps best known for being the home of The Alamo, also, boasts a magnificent Vietnam memorial.

It sits in Veteran's Memorial Plaza adjacent to the historic St. Mark's Episcopal Church, where Robert E. Lee attended services before the Civil War and, later, Lyndon Johnson and "Lady Bird" were married. Part of it's magnificent facade can be see in the pictures.

The statue, Hill 881, South was created by Austin Deuel, of Scottsdale, AZ. He based it upon a scene he actually witnessed while on Hill 881." He points out that contrary to some reports, the two soldiers are NOT specific individuals and are meant to be symbolic of "Man's compassion for his fellow man."

The memorial was trucked from Scottsdale to San Antonio by a team who were Vietnam vets and they were escorted by many more, including over 300 bikers who saw it safely to its final resting place.

There are a number of other interesting stories and anecdotes associated with this memorial. If you are interested, you can see them here;


In addition, I will post additional photos in a future post, so keep an eye out for it.

Next time, we will take another trip all the way back to Virginia, so join me there, as always, at 9:00am.

To see other memorials from Texas, or any other state, click the state name on the left side of this page.

1 comment:

  1. We were told at the dedication ceremony that the names of all of those from San Antonio who served in Nam were in , I believe (if memory serves), a container buried either at or under the Memorial itself. Just a note of interest.