A Memorial Day service was held today, Monday, May 29 at 11:00 am at the Miller County Courthouse in Texarkana, Arkansas. The annual Memorial Day Walk was held immediately after and took place at the Korea/Vietnam Memorial in downtown Texarkana on Stateline. The Vietnam Veterans of America # 278 have organized 34 Memorial Day services at this site.
Key speaker, Dr. Dan Bookout, former Captain in the Texas State Guard, said he and his wife have been involved over the last 30 years. Bookout lead efforts in helping locate the remains of U.S. military servicemen still classified as Missing In Action, most widely known for his discovery of the remains of Waylon Bennett , Texarkana native.
His searches for MIA servicemen were predominately in the rural jungles of the New Hebrides islands, north of New Zealand. During his searches, Bookout and his men encounted cannibalistic villages and traversed rugged and difficult terrain. Bookout explained that they had never been trained or prepared for those types of encounters and challenges.
Bookout began his initiatives in 1985 but now works with local donors and organizations such as Daughters of the American Revolutyion, Vietnam Veterans, American Legion and Boy Scouts.