The Department of Defense has initiated a new program to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. The Commemorative Partner Program was designed for organizations to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring our Vietnam Veterans and their families. Commemorative Partners are encouraged to participate in the Commemoration of the Vietnam War by planning and conducting two events or activities per year for the next 11 years, as that was the length of the war.
Several North Alabama organizations were proud to become members of the Commemorative Partnership Program. A group of these North Alabama partners have banded together and committed to hosting a lecture series presenting Veterans and their experiences from all services and all phases of the War. This event will feature a local Vietnam Veteran guest speaker and memorabilia displays. The purpose of this event is not only to recognize the contribution and sacrifices made by North Alabama Veterans but also to help educate our young people about the Vietnam War.
The first lecture of the series will be held on Monday, November 4th at the Jackson Center located at 6001 Moquin Drive Huntsville, AL 38506. There is no charge for this event and it will be open to the public. Due to limited seating, all who wish to attend must register at http://tinyurl.com/lhpe6w5.
The featured guest speaker, Colonel Leo K. Thorsness will share a rare perspective on his experience as a prisoner of war for six years, and later recipient of the Medal of Honor. This portion will begin at 11:00am and end at 12:30pm. Immediately following the program there will be a book signing for Surviving Hell: A POW'S Journey by Leo Thorsness. Books will be available for purchase.
There will be exhibit areas outside and inside the building featuring Vietnam era memorabilia including a M151A2 Jeep, Army Mule, restored Huey helicopter, patriotic Corvettes, and 75 mm Howitzer canon. There will also be a recreated United Service Organization area complete with props, camouflage, and re-enactors dressed in Vietnam era uniforms. These exhibits will be open from 10:00am until 1:30pm.