There will be a Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Committee meeting at the Post 234 hall on Thursday, August 13th at 6:00 PM. If you are interested in helping with the events being planned for November 2015, please join us.
American Legion Post 234 members participated in the Lynnwood Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Park. Ben Hawkins' sons Corey and Ben displayed the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Flag.
American Legion Post 234 certificates of thanks were awarded to local businesses who provided items for the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Event on May 25, 2015 honoring Vietnam War and Era veterans and their families. Please remember to add these businesses to your favorites!
The May 25th event was well attended and a lot of fun. Click here for more pictures of the event.
7:00 p.m. : Doors open
7:30 p.m. : Preview & Discussion: Watch a 40-minute preview of Last Days in Vietnam followed by a moderated conversation with Dan Evans (former state Governor, 1965-1977), Ralph Munro (former Secretary of State), Miki Nguyen (Last Days in Vietnam), Thanh Tan (Editorial Writer, The Seattle Times), and Mark Samels (Executive Producer, American Experience). Afterwards, please join us as the community recognizes Governor Evans for the role he played in welcoming Vietnamese refugees to Washington state.
This event is free and open to the public. Space is available on a first come, first serve basis. RSVP is not required, but much appreciated. Please RSVP via our Eventbrite page.
About the Film
In April of 1975, the North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling. Approximately 5,000 Americans remained, with roughly 24 hours to get out. Their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends faced certain imprisonment and possible death if they remained behind, yet there was no official evacuation plan in place. Still, over the last days in Vietnam, with the clock ticking and the city under fire, 135,000 South Vietnamese managed to escape. They were helped by a number of heroic Americans who took matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many people as possible.
Last Days in Vietnam premieres on April 28 at 9pm on KCTS 9.
This is Jake Whittenberg, reporter with KING 5 news. We are working on a story to commemorate the upcoming anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. I was wondering if you knew any local vets who were there during that time period that may be willing to speak with me.
Thank you for your help. You have my word we will approach the story with the thoughtfulness and attention it deserves.
Hope to hear from you.
Anchor/Reporter, KING 5 News
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In the late 1960s and early 1970s, servicemembers returning home from duty in Southeast Asia were often greeted with protest signs, defamatory chants, spit and worse – a stark contrast to the way veterans returned home from battle after World Wars I and II. Thankfully, post 9/11 generation veterans do not have to duck into airport restrooms to change from their uniforms to civilian clothes as some Vietnam veterans were forced to do.
New photos from a veteran's Vietnam service collection. Check them out by clicking here! Look for people you may know. Post a comment. Share with others.
A timeline has been added to the American Legion Post 234 Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative site. Click here to view.
Check out the Vietnam era aircraft photos provided by Lou Pirone. Here's a sample!
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