The City of Beaumont honored Texas Vietnam veterans and celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 292 with a smashingly successful “Welcome Home Brother” weekend September 21-22 benefitting the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument. The event raised close to $70,000 to build the monument, far exceeding organizers’ goals. With the Historical Commission’s matching grant, Beaumont’s “Welcome Home Brother” weekend netted the monument a fantastic $140,000+ in donations!
Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames and VVA Chapter 292 President Kerwin Stone, joined by many volunteers and sponsors, brought this unforgettable event to life.
The weekend kicked off with a veterans’ reception Friday at the new Beaumont Events Center, hosted by Kerwin Stone and VVA Chapter 292. In honor of our Texas heroes, Buddy Farina of VVA Chapter 685 (Galveston) conducted a POW/MIA Table Ceremony, followed by the Associate members of VVA Chapter 292 Remembrance and Roll Call of the names of Southeast Texas Vietnam veterans who made the supreme sacrifice in Vietnam.
Saturday morning rolled out with a ceremony commemorating the 25th Anniversary of VVA Chapter 292 at the All Veterans Memorial erected by the chapter in Beaumont. Afterwards, veterans and patriots saddled up for a motorcycle tour of other veteran memorials in the city. The afternoon ended with music, grub and good times at the Cowboy Harley-Davidson dealership.
An evening reception at the Art Museum of Beaumont preceded Saturday night’s Heroes Dinner. Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument artist/sculptor Duke Sundt shared his vision and creation with guests, and Texas Vietnam veterans participated in a tribute procession with the monument maquette.
On behalf of all Texas Vietnam veterans who did and will benefit from Beaumont’s tremendous “Welcome Home Brother” weekend, a heartfelt thank you salute to the committee volunteers who Welcomed Our Brothers Home –
Mayor Becky Ames