April 17, 2015
We will breakdown the first major battle between the United States Army and the People’s Army of Vietnam/North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The Battle of Ia Drang Valley took place between November 14 and November 18, 1965 and involved close air support by U.S. aircraft and a strategic bombing strike by B-52s.
Veterans of the 1st of the 7th Cavalry will participate in this symposium as part of their 50th anniversary reunion. These heroic men and their wives will discuss their memories of this battle from the front lines and at home. The 7th Cavalry of the US Army was the focus of the 2002 movie “We Were Soldiers” — that was based on the book, “We Were Soldiers Once…And Young,” written by Lieutenant General (Ret.) Hal Moore and reporter Joseph L. Galloway (both of whom were right in the heat of the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley). The veterans at the symposium will talk about the movie and how accurately, or not, it portrayed the actual events of that time.
April 24, 2015
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum and the USS Yorktown Foundation welcome all Vietnam veterans, and those who wish to honor their service, to The Welcome Home Party You Never Got. On April 24th, 2015 from 7:00-10:30 PM, celebrate our Vietnam veterans and thank them for their service to this country.
When our veterans returned from Vietnam, very few honored them. On April 24th, everyone is invited to join us for this long overdue celebration, which includes:
- Live music from the 1960s and 1970s by The Explorers Club
- Barbecue dinner, wine, and beer. Liquor available for purchase.
- Access to the new and interactive Vietnam Experience Exhibit, spanning over 2.5 acres, landside of the USS YORKTOWN
- Free parking
Tickets are just $20 and will sell out quickly!
You can also be sure to sit with your friends! Ensure priority seating and reserve a table for 8 guests for only $250. Limited numbers are available.