A Look Ahead
- August 26th: The UH1 will be towed to Spokane for a formal meeting. Details are shown below.
- September 3rd and 4th: The UH1 will be towed to Pacific Beach. Details TBA.
- September 9th: The UH1 will appear at the Hoquiam VFW. Details TBA.
- November 11th: Our November meeting will be held in conjunction with the Auburn Veterans Day parade. Detailed instructions appear on the Auburn March Details page.
Spokane Meeting — Saturday, August 26th (10:30 hours)
Location: Timber Creek Grill Buffet. 9211 E. Montgomery, 99206
The KSPS Public Television Station, along with Eastern Washington University, is sponsoring “The Wall That Heals”, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, on August 24-27, 2017 at Mirabeau Park in Spokane Valley. Eastern Washington University has developed three public forums about the Viet Nam War, with the with the first two having been completed.
“The Wall That Heals” will be strategically located across the street from the Spokane Vet Center whose clinicians specialize in working with combat Veterans and their families. This placement will help ensure that clinical support resources will be readily available to our local combat Veterans and family members as they visit. The Vet Center, the largest in the nation will be in operation 24 hours a day to assist with any support required for Viet Nam veterans who might want to avail themselves of their services.
All of this is a lead up to the 10-part historical documentary series, produced by acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns, “The Vietnam War,” in September.
The Washington Chapter is bringing a UH-1 Huey to the event from the Olympia Flight Museum, Olympia, WA area and will have it stationed in close proximately to the Wall. It will be staffed with VHPA members from both sides of the state. When the option of having the Huey co-located with the Wall was offered, the sponsoring organizations were extremely happy to have our Huey, being the iconic representation of the Viet Nam War.
During the event, we will be taking pictures and talking to veterans, aviators and others alike, and plan on collecting as many remembrances and stories as possible to provide an article for the Aviator Magazine.
Generally, we meet three times a year in western Washington and once in eastern Washington.
In February, we meet at Famous Dave’s Barbeque in Tacoma (date to be announced).
In June, we meet at the Olympic Flight Museum in Olympia in conjunction with the Air Show.
In November, we march in the Auburn Veterans Day parade with a short meeting beforehand.
Other community events are scheduled on an ad hoc basis–details are discussed at the meetings.