The Jacksonville Museum of Military History, and in partnership with Little Rock Air Force Base, will be celebrating “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” on Saturday, April 5.
On May 25, 2012 President Barack Obama proclaimed May 28th 2012, through November 11th 2025, as the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.
DannaKay Duggar, Director of the Jacksonville Museum of Military History, said she is encouraging participation from the public.
“Make plans to join us for 2014 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day,” Duggar said. “You don’t have to be a military related organization to be in the parade you just have to want to give our Vietnam Veterans the Welcome Home they deserve.”
She added, “We need schools groups, church groups, civic organizations, commercial businesses, dance troops, marching bands, and pageant winners.”
Many of the day’s festivities will take place on the grounds of the museum, 100 Veterans Circle, Jacksonville. There will also be a parade, a dinner on the museum grounds, and an honor/remembrance ceremony.
The cost to eat at the dinner is $10.
“But if there is a Vietnam veteran who comes to the dinner but cannot afford the $10, we will find a sponsor for them,” Duggar said.
Duggar said the $10 fee for the dinner is to cover the price of the food.
Schedule of Events
— 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Museum open at no charge to the public.
There will be an eight-foot by 12-foot vinyl map of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia for veterans and Gold Star Families to sign. The map will displayed in the museum at a later date.
There will be Vietnam exhibits, displays and movies which will be shown throughout the day.
Live music from the REAL Girls will be provided.
Duggar said Veterans Service Organization are being invited to have a booth at no charge.
New this year will be a “From Arkansas to Vietnam Dog Tag Exhibit” sponsored in part by the U.S. Army.
— 2–3 p.m. Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Parade
— 3-4 p.m. Honor & Remembrance Ceremony
A POW/ MIA Table Ceremony will be performed by the Little Rock Air Force Base Honor Guard.
— 4-6 p.m. Dinner on the Grounds.
For more information contact the Jacksonville Museum of Military History at (501) 241-1943 or visit their website at www.jaxmilmuseum.org.
Duggar said the museum invites military service organizations to set up informational booths on the grounds of the museum during our Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration.
Duggar said Veterans organizations who set up displays will need to follow some guidelines which are:
• Booths will be for information only.
• Selling merchandise will not be permitted.
• Groups and organizations will be allowed to recruit members.
• There is only space for 20 booths and they will be accepted on first come first served.
• Participating organizations will need to provide their own canopy, chairs and table.
The Jacksonville Advertising and Promotions Commission is helping to fund the event.
Applications to set up a booth or be in the parade must be in by March 28 and returned to: The Jacksonville Museum of Military History, 100 Veterans Circle, Jacksonville AR 72076 or faxed to (501) 241-1944.
For the parade, all vehicles and floats must be decorated. People may not throw any candy or other items from a float or vehicles.