Don't Miss LZ Lambeau This Weekend!
Many Wisconsin Vietnam veterans came home from the war at the height of its unpopularity and found themselves scorned along with the war their country called upon them to fight. They often arrived home one or two at a time, having completed their yearlong tours of duty, not in the company of an organized unit of returning soldiers or Marines. No bands heralded their arrival. No parades honored their service. This week, some four decades later, in a mass tribute to their service and sacrifice, LZ Lambeau™: Welcoming Home Wisconsin's Vietnam Veterans will give these veterans the long-overdue recognition they deserve but never got. The event will culminate months of planning between the Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and Wisconsin Public Television to recognize the state's Vietnam veterans.
Motorcycle Honor Ride, Exhibits, Music and More
The celebration will open with a Motorcycle Honor Ride from La Crosse to Green Bay on Friday, May 21, honoring the 1,244 Wisconsin troops killed or missing in action in Vietnam. At Lambeau Field, LZ Lambeau opens to the public at 1 pm Friday with the opening of Back in the World, an exhibit by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, military vehicle displays and more. The Moving Wall™, a traveling, half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will also be on hand for the event. At 3 pm Friday the Music Stage opens, with musical acts taking to the stage all three days of the event.
Authors, Vets' Stories and a Grand Tribute Ceremony
The celebration continues throughout the day on Saturday, May 22. At noon Sarah Larsen, co-editor of the Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, "Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories," will preside over a discussion that will include Vietnam veterans interviewed for the book project. Afterward she will be available to sign copies of the book that serves as a companion piece to the Wisconsin Public Television documentary of the same name. The "Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories" documentary and book give Wisconsin veterans a chance to tell their stories in their own words, sharing experiences and memories from the war and their return home.
That evening, in the highlight of the three-day event, there will be a special Tribute Ceremony in Lambeau Field featuring music, aerial fly-bys, presentations and premiere segments of the "Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories" documentary produced by Wisconsin Public Television. Due to limited seating capacity, the Saturday night ceremony will be the only ticketed event of the three-day celebration. The event continues on Sunday, May 23. See the LZ Lambeau website for a complete, three-day schedule of events.
LZ Lambeau would not have been possible without the generous support of its many sponsors.
:: Posted May 20, 2010