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Pete Luna | Leader News
As TxDOT workers complete the installation of a memorial marker outside the Uvalde County Courthouse, Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchel (far left), DAR members Billie Franklin (second from right) and Betty Lawrence (far right) commemorate the occasion with the Vietnam War. veterans (second from left to right) David Ross, Rudy Ybarra, Joe Villarreal, Juan Rodriguez, Robert Rodriguez and James Wood, PhD.

Thanks to the efforts of the Uvalde de las Encinas section of the National Society of the Girls of the American Revolution, the towns of Uvalde and Concan now have road signs for the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway, also known as the US Highway. 83.

Two signs have been placed in Uvalde, one on the east side of North Getty / Highway 83, in front of the Uvalde County Courthouse, and one on the west side of South Getty / Highway 83 in front of the Dolph Briscoe Jr. United States Post Office.

Members of the DAR and a few Vietnam War veterans who reside in Uvalde County were on site Wednesday when the Uvalde signs were erected.

Two other signs were also placed in Concan at the Happy Hollow picnic area, south of the Uvalde / Real County line. The local DAR group learned that, in an effort to honor Vietnam War veterans, the Texas State Legislature enacted a resolution in 1995 that designated US Highway 83 the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Highway.

It was also legislated around the same time that commemorative monuments would be designed and constructed which would be placed at each end of Route 83. The monuments were also to be placed “no more than 100 miles from each other”, at sites appropriate as determined by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Betty Lawrence, vice regent of the local DAR chapter, said when they researched how to get a marker on the freeway in Uvalde, they were directed to the Texas Department of Transportation.

She says that obtaining the markers was a much simpler process than they originally thought, and that the markers were free.

She said the DAR Uvalde Chapter was very grateful to TXDOT, who she said is a “proud supporter of our veterans”.

The local DAR group is a partner in the US Department of Defense’s Vietnam War Remembrance Project.

Their goal is to thank and honor Vietnam War veterans and their families for their service to our country. Almost 60,000 (58,279) American soldiers lost their lives during the Vietnam War, which spanned from 1955 to 1974.

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