Saturday, August 29, 2015

Operation LZ - Saturday

This was a party for Viet Nam Vets - a "Welcome Home".  Function being held in Forest City, IA.  Great for me that i am able to stay with a friend that recently moved to Forest City (and grew up in the area).

The morning started with the V.V.A. pancake breakfast.  Filled up all-you-care-to-eat pancakes prepared by Carl's Cakes.  From there, it was over to registration where I received my commemorative medallion (see photo) and copy of the program.

At another location, I received a Viet Nam Vet  lapel pin & certificate.  Soon, it was time for the opening ceremonies.  Speakers included Iowa Governor Branstad, A representative from the Department of Defense, Local retired Lt General, and a POW.

I was doing well until I glanced past the stage and saw a replica of a Field Cross in front of the traveling wall.  The image of the field Cross (I assembled too many of them during my tour in Viet Nam) brought tears to my eyes.

i met 2 guys that served in the 199th LIB (my main unit in Nam.  Surprised to meet two other "Redcatchers" at Operation LZ.

After the ceremonies were over, my host and I headed back to his place and rested.  Were going to watch the scheduled "Balloon Glow" but never say and "glow" - just tethered balloon rides.

Headed over to Mason City for dinner.  Had some great pizza at Little Chicago Pizza.  We were thinking of having a pint of beer at the Mason City Brewing Co, but there were no places to sit and it was too noisy in the place.  Headed home and called it at night.

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