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Friday, May 7, 2010

Wisconsin Honors Nation’s Vietnam Veterans

One of the largest gatherings of Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans in US history – some 30,000 veterans from Wisconsin and around the country – will convene to be honored for their service and sacrifice for the country at a special weekend of activities in Green Bay, Wisconsin, from May 20 to 23.

This touching event – LZ Lambeau™: Welcoming Home Wisconsin’s Vietnam Veterans – will include several days of concerts, reunions and exhibits, including The Moving Wall™, a traveling half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC.

Named for the landing zones that military service members were deployed to during Vietnam, LZ Lambeau was developed by a partnership of Wisconsin Public Television (WPT), The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, the Wisconsin Historical Society and many veterans organizations. It will feature educational initiatives, oral presentations, museum exhibits, a portrait display and other community engagement activities. Including the families and friends of attending veterans, the event is expected to draw approximately 100,000.

Telling emotional stories that haven’t been heard before, Wisconsin Vietnam War veterans have recounted their experiences in a three-hour television documentary being screened by Wisconsin Public Television. “Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories” will feature dozens of veterans from all regions of Wisconsin who reflect on their memories of the Vietnam War and their experiences during and after the war.

In addition to the television documentary, all of the veterans’ interviews will be archived for posterity with the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, ensuring that the lasting stories from the Vietnam War will be available for future generations.

For more information about top events in Wisconsin, take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Wisconsin at www.topeventsusa.com/state-events-wisconsin.html

For more information on LZ Lambeau visit http://lzlambeau.org