The State Fair of Texas celebrates everything that is great about the Lone Star State.
And at the State Fair, there is a group that is dedicated to celebrating the service of the greatest among us here in the Lone Star State – military veterans.
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) House, located near the Gate 4 entrance on the north side of Fair Park, is handing out commemorative pins throughout the Fair to veterans who served from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. [[561762382,C]]
The pin commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.
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Vietnam veteran Rogelio Sotero, of Mesquite, visited the DAR House on the opening day of the State Fair and received his pin.
"I’m honored to have it," Sotero said, his voice wavering. "To me it’s an honor to serve my country."
The DAR estimates that upwards of 50,000 veterans who live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are eligible to receive the commemorative pin.
The DAR House is open from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. throughout the State Fair of Texas.
After seeing the NBC 5 story on Sept. 30, viewer Monika Amick, sent us a picture of her father at the State Fair of Texas. She actually surprised Dick Harvey, who served in the Marine Corps from 1960 to 1964, specifically Vietnam from 1963-1964 as a crew chief. She was with him for a doctor's appointment and stopped by the State Fair to surprise him with the Vietnam Memorial.
"It was an extremely emotional series of moments for him (& me!)," she said. "But one I know we will both cherish forever. The volunteers who were at the memorial, who were also veterans, embraced by dad, hugged him, and stood with him as he worked through his emotions."