THUMB AWARD VIETNAM MEMORIAL

Thumbs Up to Larry-Paul Jones, president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, and the Dallas Park and Recreation Board for planning and approving the design of a $2.5 million memorial to Texas veterans of the Vietnam war. The proposed memorial, to be funded by donations, will be located at Fair Park and will include a 40-foot kinetic sculpture by artist George Rickey, seven flag poles, a Texas pink-granite plaza, terraces and an eternal flame. Jones says that it is not a memorial to the war, but to the more than 500,000 Texans who fought and to their families. “We simply don’t want people to forget,” says Jones. “Little kids will come to the memorial to play, they’ll be attracted to the moving sculpture, they will ask questions, and then, hopefully, the flame will catch their eye.”

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