ROY P. BENAVIDEZ
ROY P. BENAVIDEZ, US Army.
Medal of Honor Recipient
Benavidez was awarded the Medal of Honor for his incredible acts of valor
on the battlefield during the Vietnam War on May 2, 1968 in Cambodia.
Reading his Medal of Honor citation will help you understand why Valor
Remembered Foundation has chosen
to honor Roy Benavidez with a sculptural memorial.
In November of 2002 Valor Remembered
Foundation teamed with Mark Austin Byrd, Sculptor for the development of
the Roy P. Benavidez Memorial Sculpture Project. The sculptor's
studio has worked towards creating the memorial since he first proposed
the project in the summer of 2000.
With the ongoing support of the Benavidez family as
well as that of many friends and comrades of the late Roy Benavidez, the
sculptor and Valor Remembered Foundation plan to create a nationally significant memorial
commemorating not only Roy Benavidez but also his brothers in arms in the
action on May 2, 1968.
Several cast bronze sculptures have already been completed
by the sculptor as studies for the
memorial. These may be viewed in the
Art Gallery and in
the photo gallery titled Casting
sculptors have proposed
to create a monumental, larger then life size bronze sculpture depicting
Roy Benavidez and possibly other individuals who were involved in defining
moments of his life.
Commemorative plaques, bas
relief sculptures, and other elements of the monument will be designed to
memorialize and honor Roy Benavidez and the men who served with him during
the action for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
The size and form of the
sculpture and the various other elements of the memorial will be
determined after a specific site have been selected.
The Roy P. Benavidez Memorial will be a
“living memorial” incorporating a monumental sculpture with features
designed to teach present and future generations of Americans about Roy’s
about his message to the youth of America.
The memorial will include
an interactive website, accessible at the memorial sculpture site and
over the Internet. This virtual memorial and museum will collect
additional historical information about the event and the individuals who
participated in it.
Through these devices the memorial will truly become
a “living memorial” that will continue Roy Benavidez’s last mission in life – to
teach American youth the principles of:
........duty, honor and country.
The Roy P. Benavidez Memorial will be placed on a highly visible location
that is accessible to the public where millions of Americans will
experience it over the coming decades.
The selection of the memorial site depends
on many factors, one of the most important of which is the level of
support for the project that is found in the potential host community.
San Antonio, Houston, Austin and Dallas all
have great potential to be the home of the Roy Benavidez Memorial.
Friends of Roy Benavidez in all of these communities are exploring ways to
bring the Roy P. Benavidez Memorial to their city.
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