Waves of Honor
● By Kylie Cooper
The Texas Surf Museum has been a mainstay in our local community for almost 15 years. By enlightening the world to the unique culture and history of Texas surfing, the museum has shown countless exhibitions honoring our history. This notion remains as they introduce a new element to the museum.
At the end of October, The Texas Surf Museum unveiled a new way to honor our veterans: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The memorial, entitled “Waves of Honor” honors the lives of the 3,414 Texans who died in the Vietnam War and was actually inspired by a current exhibition at the Museum. The exhibit, “China Beach: Surfing through the Vietnam War,” features a ground-breaking collection of photos, surfboards, memorabilia, and first-hand accounts of the tales of scores of veterans who suffered during the war.
After the installation of the new exhibit and reflecting on the environment surrounding Vietnam, Board Members of the Museum wanted to create a memorial to honor Texans who died in service to our country. “There is a dog tag with the name of every Texan who fought and died, a total of 3,414, placed on the memorial so they can receive the respect and appreciation they deserved then and still deserve today.” said Brad Lomax, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Texas Surf Museum.
The memorial will serve as an incredible remembrance for not just the Texas Surf Museum and the Coastal Bend, but for the entire state. “The Waves of Honor wall belongs to the state of Texas,” Emily Veazey, the Executive Director of the Texas Surf Museum, said. It is our hope that citizens from every corner of our state visit our museum to see this display in person. While we cannot bring back their loved one we pray that this small gesture brings honor and comfort to their families.”
The “Waves of Honor” Wall will be on display until the conclusion of the China Beach exhibit – although staff say that are considering making it a permanent fixture in the museum. Join the Texas surf Museum this Monday, November 11th, at 11 AM as the celebrate the ribbon cutting of this incredible memorial. Immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony, the museum’s staff, board members, and volunteers will take turns reading off the names of all 3,414 individuals of which the Waves of Honor Wall remembers. The event is open to the public and free of admission.
If you cannot make it to the ceremony and wish to show your support in some way, there is a Go Fund Me page where you can donate to. All funds raised will go towards the fabrication and installation of the memorial.
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