Vietnam War Memorial Erected in Orange County

It’s been 28 years since the official end of the Vietnam War. One of the bloodiest conflicts of the last century, the war left more than 50,000 Americans dead and over 300,000 wounded. For many, the pain of lost loved ones still persist to this day. In one Orange County town, the fallen heroes of that war are being remembered with a privately funded memorial.

The Orange County Vietnam War Memorial in Vidor was the result of two years of volunteer labor and private donations. The memorial stands just off Interstate 10 in the South Texas town. The men honored at the dedication were also recognized in the book, 28 Men Fell: Casualties of the Vietnam War from Orange County.

The touching ceremony included an address from retired Sergeant Major Thomas Guillory. Guillory served three tours of duty, including one in Vietnam, and was there when his brother, James Clifton Guillory, was killed in action. According to local news station KOGT, he praised the local memorial saying that it will ensure the names of the fallen are not forgotten.

The memorial will feature both the American and the former South Vietnamese flags waving over the names of the fallen men. Master of ceremonies, project head and Vietnam veteran Jerry Gatch said he was surprised that the gold and red flag of the former nation wasn’t featured on more Vietnam war memorials.

“Maybe they were designed by people who hadn’t fought there,” he told the Beaumont Enterprise.

If you have members your immediate or extended family who served or currently serve in the military, you should consider a community that honors the contributions of our men and women in uniform. Orange County is one such community. At Modtown Realty Group ,our Lifestyle Professionals in Orange County will help you find the perfect home for you and your family.