Community honors veterans killed in Vietnam War


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A special memorial will be held Saturday to honor fallen Vietnam War veterans.

The annual Johnston High School Vietnam Veterans Memorial Ceremony will be at Eastside Memorial High School at 1012 Arthur Stiles from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Twenty Johnston High School alumni, now Eastside Memorial High School, were killed in action, 62 died from agent orange and three others were killed from war-related injuries. 

“The Vietnam era is very special to east Austin, and Johnston high school,” said Larry Amaro, president of the Johnston High School Ex-Student Association. “At Johnston we had anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 student back then, a lot of those students … got drafted, they went to Vietnam, some of them did not come back. It is very important for this community, the neighborhoods in this area to commemorate that.”

Raul Rosa, Commander of Austin Travis County Vietnam Memorial, said, “It is special because of the young men that we lost here. And they were all family to one another and it is something that these young went to war not thinking they were going to die. They were determined to go and serve our country.”

Several speakers are scheduled, including Former state Senator Gonzalo Barrientos, Travis County Court Judge Elisabeth A. Earle and Precinct Four Constable George Morales.  

Three living war veterans will be presented with military medals.  In addition, some family members of those killed in action will be presented with certificates to honor their fallen loved ones.

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