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Vietnam 50th


The Connecticut Air Guard and the New England Air Museum will be the sites of Connecticut’s Vietnam 50th Celebration weekend in July, 2015! All are invited to come recognize and honor New England’s Vietnam Veterans - and honor, by remembrance, those who did not return.

This three-day event will feature amazing vehicle and aircraft displays, helicopter rides in the famous UH-1D “Huey,” a USO dance and concert, and a complete, six aircraft rescue demonstration by “The Sky Soldiers” each day.

This event is designed to educate a new generation about the Vietnam War and the part it played in the lives of our friends, relatives and neighbors whose stories are the building blocks of American History. The Vietnam 50th is sponsored by the CCSU Veterans History Project Vietnam War Commemoration Committee. Collaborating partners are the New England Air Museum, the Connecticut National Guard, Bradley International Airport, the Connecticut Department of Veterans' Affairs, and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA).

Whether you are a Vietnam Veteran, a friend or family member of a veteran, or just want to recognize the sacrifices made by our veterans, this celebration should not be missed!

A highlight of each day will be “Rescue at Dawn", a one-of-a-kind, Army combat aerial re-enactment demonstrating the rescue of a downed pilot by the "Sky Soldiers". Six Vietnam era aircraft take part in this exciting rescue simulation as multiple Cobras, Hueys and Scout planes locate, defend, and rescue a downed airman.

Some other unique features of this event include hands-on demonstrations, “fly-bys” and static displays of vehicles and equipment operated by our armed forces during the war. Vietnam era aircraft at the New England Air Museum will be open for cockpit tours, manned by Vietnam Veterans.

Individual stories of veterans will be presented along with memorabilia. Sure to be popular will be the “Veterans’ Gathering” tent for veterans to reunite and reconnect!

Additionally, there will be programs specifically designed to remember those who gave the “last full measure of devotion”. Exhibits featuring a “Wall of Letters,” photo displays of veterans who were KIA or MIA, and special events for Gold Star Families will be featured.

Finally, we invite you to support this important initiative.By contributing to the Vietnam 50th your tax deductible gift will help to honor and thank our Vietnam veterans and to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. We look forward to seeing you at the Vietnam 50th celebration. Please join the thousands of New Englanders expected at the event and enjoy the celebration. CLICK HERE to make your donation. Then select “Other,” and indicate Vietnam 50th.

You can also contact:

Eileen Hurst
Director, CCSU Veterans History Project

860 832-2976 or hursteim@ccsu.edu