Press Release...

March 4, 2007

Contact: Malcolm Browne, 713-781-3552, Ext. 214

State Senator Mike Jackson-Press Release:

“While I support any effort to honor our service people, I am particularly proud to support plans to build a world class Veterans museum in my Senate District”, said Mike Jackson. “Not only would a museum of this caliber enhance our community and the entire State of Texas, it would serve as an educational tool for our children and a source of pride and respect for our men and women who have so gallantly served our country.”

Recently, at a town hall meeting held on February 1, 2007 at the San Jacinto Junior College on Scarsdale Blvd., Senator Mike Jackson, State Representative Robert Talton and Malcolm Browne, Chairman of The Veterans Museum, was presented a Japanese sword donated by the daughter and son of deceased Marine Major and Clear Creek High School principal Art Goforth. Mr. Goforth was well respected by thousands of High School Students attending Clear Creek High School. Mr. Goforth served on Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa. He is typical of many veterans returning to private life after serving our country after defending DEMOCRACY for our Nation. The example that he set for these students lives on through the commemoration of his life represented by this sword. As can imagine, the Japanese serviceman was trying to kill him with this weapon. Art lived another day and we are better off knowing the Art Goforths of America.

As many of you know by now, it is important that we pass on this legacy to our children, so that they will know, “What makes a person willing to die for his country”. Related to Universities and grade schools and their involvement in the Veterans Museum project, plans are under way to employ a staff of 10 genealogist and 20 volunteer docents in graduate studies of history and political science from the numerous Universities in and around Houston. We believe that it is an important step that will help those students interested in law and government to become more effective leaders as they hear the personal accounts of Veterans of what it takes to “DEFEND DEMOCRACY” from their point of view.

The Veterans Museum needs your help and suggest that you contact Speaker of the House, Tom Craddick to ensure that the “rider” for the $5 million in pledged funding becomes a reality. Please call this week as the deadline is this Friday for acceptance.


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