Vietnam Center & Archive News and Updates

Friday, March 28, 2014

SAFE TRAVELS! We are headed to Austin, Texas.

The Vietnam Center and Archive staff will be heading to Austin, Texas this weekend for the dedication of the Capitol monument honoring Texas Vietnam veterans.

The monument, produced at the Deep in the Heart Art Foundry in Bastrop, was designed by Duke Sundt. Finishing touches were added by Client Howard and Jake Jokovich.

Attendees of this memorable dedication include veterans, family members of veterans, active-duty military, local school children, and elected officials. Additionally, Governor Rick Perry will be accepting the monument on behalf of the state. Guest speakers include an Air Force aviator and Vietnam prisoner of war, U.S. Representative Sam Johnson; director of the U.S. 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War, Lieutenant General Mick Kicklighter; Texas Senator, Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, and Texas Representative Wayne Smith.

In 2005, the 79th Legislature approved The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument to honor the Texans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and to honor and never forget those who died serving our country.

The “Welcome Home Fair” will include an artifact exhibition of Vietnam War equipment and personalized dog tags honoring Texans that were lost at war. The monument is located near 14th and Brazos Street.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

We are on TV! Check us out on Monday, March 10th

The new America’s Heroes Channel debuted on March 3rd, 2014. The channel will highlight all war efforts of the true American heroes.

On Monday, March 10th, 2014, the channel will be airing a new series entitled, “Against the Odds.”

The series will included a special episode, “The Marines at Hue,” that will feature moving images from the Vietnam Center and Archive.

Narrated by Rob Low, the series Against the Odds unveils the harsh realities of war. The episode will included archival footage and first-hand interviews to illuminate U.S. troops who banded together during battle.

The episode with focus on three U.S. Marines battalions that, along with two Army battalions and South Vietnamese troops, beat the odds to defeat entrenched North Vietnamese troops and the Viet Cong in the South Vietnamese city in 1968.

For more details, click on any of these links.

www.43Films.com

http://www.ahctv.com/tv-shows/against-the-odds/against-the-odds-video/against-the-odds.htm  

http://press.discovery.com/us/ahc/programs/against-odds/ 

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2014/02/24/military-channel-becomes-american-heroes-channel-will-focus-on-heroes-from-all/

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

TET – The Vietnamese New Year

The Vietnam Center and Archive celebrates TET – The Vietnamese New Year this Friday!

   The Vietnam Center and Archive cordially invites you to join us as we celebrate the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, Tet, on Friday, January 31st, 2014. Please come sample Vietnamese cuisine and learn more about the rich heritage and culture that makesVietnam remarkable.

   Friday, January 31st, 2014 ushers the Luna Year of the Wooden Horse. InVietnam, one of the 12 animals of the zodiac represents each year. People born in the Year of the Horse are believed to be the most reasonable out of the five types of Horse signs. People born in the Year of the Wooden Horse are self-disciplined, organized, social and happy, but refused to be dominated.

   Tet is the Vietnamese peoples most important holiday. Preparation for the celebration is very time consuming. Preparation includes, cooking, cleaning and painting their homes.

   The Vietnam Center and Archive will start the celebration on Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 4:00pm in the

International Cultural Center at Texas Tech University. The event is open for everyone. We hope to see you there!

 For more information, please visit www.vietnam.ttu.edu or

call (806) 742-9010.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

CLOSED: MLK, Jr. Day

The Vietnam Center & Archive will be closed Monday, January 20th, 2014 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday Hours

REMINDER: The Vietnam Center and Archive will be closed for the holidays starting Saturday, December 21st 2013 through Tuesday, January 2nd 2014.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

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3rd Annual Veterans Appreciation Day at Waters Elementary School

The Vietnam Center and Archive (VNCA) continued its commitment to honoring our veterans by participating in the third annual Veterans Appreciation Day.

On November 15th, 2013 several hundred students from Waters Elementary School in Lubbock, Texas attended the event. Students, grades Pre-K thru 5th, had the opportunity to view a restored Huey helicopter from the Vietnam War among other exhibits that celebrated our veterans.

VNCA staff, Kevin Sailsbury, shared with students in attendance era artifacts donated byVietnamveterans in “A Day in the Life of a Soldier.” Sheon Montgomery, VNCA Reference Archivist, also shared with the students the different types and uses of helicopters during the war. The event, which featured an informative exhibit timeline highlighting WWI through modern wars, also welcomed Kelly Crager and Vietnam Veteran pilot Lynn Stephens.

 

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Reminder: Astronaut Mike Mullane Lecture this Thursday

Astronaut and Vietnam Veteran Mike Mullane will be speaking this Thursday at 7:00pm in the Lanier Auditorium of the Texas Tech School of Law.  Admission is free and open to the public.

The mission of the Vietnam Center and Archive Guest Lecture Series is to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of students, faculty, and the community at large by bringing distinguished individuals to campus for presentations on specific aspects of the Vietnam War, its lasting impact on American politics, society and culture, and on contemporary issues in Southeast Asia.

This lecture series is funded in part by a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation.  For more information on the 2012 VNCA Guest Lecture Series or about Rocky Bleier see http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/GLS.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day 2013


The staff of the Vietnam Center and Archive would like say Thank You to all veterans, their families, friends, and loved ones for their service.

Veterans Day Events: The Vietnam Center and Archive’s Huey and Cobra helicopters were at the Texas Tech Lone Survivor Football Game honoring Purple Heart recipients this past weekend.  Today, VNCA staff and the Huey will be at the International Cultural Center on the TTU Campus presenting to elementary school tours about the Vietnam War, and on Friday at Waters Elementary here in Lubbock for their annual Veterans Day educational events..

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Guest Lecture Series Presents Astronaut Mike Mullane

The Vietnam Center and Archive is proud to present Astronaut and Vietnam War Veteran Mike Mullane on Thursday, November 21st at 7:00pm in the Lanier Auditorium of the Texas Tech University School of Law.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

A 1967 graduate of West Point, Mullane was commissioned in the USAF and served as a Weapon Systems Operator aboard an RF-4C Phantom, completing 150 combat missions in Vietnam. In 1978 he was selected as a Mission Specialist for the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts. He completed three space missions and logged 356 hours in space before retiring in 1990. Mullane has been inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame and is the recipient of many awards, including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit and the NASA Space Flight Medal.

This is the final lecture in the Vietnam Center and Archive 2013 Guest Lecture Series.  All lectures are free and open to the public.

The mission of the Vietnam Center and Archive Guest Lecture Series is to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of students, faculty, and the community at large by bringing distinguished individuals to campus for presentations on specific aspects of the Vietnam War, its lasting impact on American politics, society and culture, and on contemporary issues in Southeast Asia.

This lecture series is funded in part by a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation.  For more information on the 2013 VNCA Guest Lecture Series see http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/GLS, or contact Mary Saffell at 806-742-9010 or mary.saffell@ttu.edu.

 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Reception Celebrating the Opening of the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit

The Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit
[from www.buildthemonument.org]

The Vietnam Center and Archive would like to invite you to join us for a reception opening the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit.  This striking exhibit features 3,417 dog tags of all Texans who were killed-in-action or remain missing-in-action from the Vietnam War.  It is a personalized tribute by the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument to honor and remember every Texan who died in the Vietnam War. Two dog tags were hand-embossed with the name, rank, branch of service, date of loss and home of record of each Texan who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the American Armed Forces during Vietnam.  One of each tag is displayed in the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit.  The second will be entombed in the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument in March of 2014.  The Texans who died in the Vietnam War are remembered on silver tags.  The tags of the 102 Texan military personnel who are listed as Missing In Action are black.

The reception will take place on Tuesday October 29, 2013 at 6:30 PM in the Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium, Texas Tech University Museum. The evening will feature a short program followed by refreshments.

Please direct any questions regarding this event to the Vietnam Center at 806-742-9010.  Thank you very much and we look forward to you joining us for this important event that honors and pays tribute to all Texas Vietnam Veterans.

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