This month marks the 40-year anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, and veterans who had a front seat to history are asked to share their memories to educate future generations.

To commemorate the milestone, the Tyler Morning Telegraph is launching an effort to capture the stories of Vietnam War veterans who served either at home or abroad.

Veterans are asked to provide a written response to the question, "What memory or experience would you like future generations to know about your service during the Vietnam War?"

Information collected by the April 10 deadline will be preserved within the newspaper's archives and shared with the American Freedom Museum, 1051 N. Houston, Bullard, near The Brook Hill School, to educate young people about individual service and sacrifices.

Some submissions may be considered for publication in the Tyler Paper near the April 30, 1975, when Siagon fell and the Vietnam War ended.

There are two ways to participate in the Vietnam history project: electronically or by traditional mail, limiting narratives to about 300 words or less.

Electronic submissions may be e-mailed to with Vietnam History Project listed in the subject line.

Be sure to include your name, hometown, branch and years of service, plus contact information for verification purposes. Telephone numbers provided to be newspaper will not be published.

Paper submissions may dropped off or mailed to the Tyler Morning Telegraph, 410 W. Erwin St., Tyler, TX 75702 to the attention of Jacque Hilburn-Simmons. For questions, call 903-596-6266.

The history project is being compiled with the assistance of local war veterans, who plan to commemorate the anniversary with an April 25 commemoration event at the museum.

The purpose of the family-friendly gathering, Vietnam 40 Years Later Commemoration, is intended to pay tribute to millions of American military members who served during the Vietnam War era and remember the thousands who died fighting for freedom, said Don Allen, 66, LTC U.S. Army, Special Forces retired.

A traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, is heading up the event.





Jacque Hilburn-Simmons is an award-winning journalist who has been writing professionally for 30 years. She's a former police reporter who also wrote a book about the KFC murder. She shares stories about East Texas through her Behind the Wheel column.