Lest We Forget Tribute to Vietnam Veterans

June 23, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Hundreds of re-enactors gathered in Benton Harbor this past weekend for the annual Lest We Forget held at the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport. It's always cool to cover these type of events and this year was no exception. From the first person accounts from Medal of Honor recipients such as Don Ballard and Gary Wetzel to fly overs and military weapons displays it was a weekend packed with history and tributes.  Don Campbell / HP staff See more photos:heraldpalladium.mycapture.com
A U.S. Army Huey takes off after picking up wounded soldiers during a battle re-enactment Saturday, June 20, 2015, during the Lest We Forget Tribute To Vietnam Veterans held at the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport in Benton Harbor.
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Re-enactors advance during a battle re-enactment Saturday, June 20, 2015, during the Lest We Forget Tribute To Vietnam Veterans held at the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport in Benton Harbor.
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A flame thrower is used during a battle re-enactment Saturday, June 20, 2015, during the Lest We Forget Tribute To Vietnam Veterans held at the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport in Benton Harbor.
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Re-enactors prepare to got into a mock battle Saturday, June 20, 2015, during the Lest We Forget Tribute To Vietnam Veterans held at the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport in Benton Harbor.
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T-34s take to the air Saturday, June 20, 2015, during the Lest We Forget Tribute To Vietnam Veterans held at the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport in Benton Harbor.
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Baby shoes and a peace symbol hang from a jeep's machine gun Saturday, June 20, 2015, during the Lest We Forget Tribute To Vietnam Veterans held at the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport in Benton Harbor. Soldiers often carried momentos from home during their tours in Vietnam.
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Viet Cong re-enactors break in camp Saturday, June 20, 2015, during the Lest We Forget Tribute To Vietnam Veterans held at the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport in Benton Harbor.
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A re-enactor catches a nap Saturday, June 20, 2015, during the Lest We Forget Tribute To Vietnam Veterans held at the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport in Benton Harbor.
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Fena D'Ottavio, from Benton Harbor, inspects the interior of a 1967 Cessna O-2A, used as a spotter plane during the Vietnam War, Saturday, June 20, 2015, at the Lest We Forget Tribute To Vietnam Veterans held at the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport in Benton Harbor.
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Cody Melvin, 10, from Lansing, gets a close look at a deactivated rocket propelled grenade launcher Saturday, June 20, 2015, during the Lest We Forget Tribute To Vietnam Veterans held at the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport in Benton Harbor.
VIETNAM VETERANS RIDEVIETNAM VETERANS RIDEVolunteer Rob Kesterke, from St. Joseph, Mich., installs one of over 100 American flags lining the entrance to the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport in Benton Harbor, Mich., Friday, June 19, 2015, during a Vietnam Veterans Rememberance Motorcycle Ride.(AP Photo/The Herald-Palladium, Don Campbell) VIETNAM VETERANS RIDEVIETNAM VETERANS RIDEU.S. Army veteran Clarence "Bucky" Jones, from Farmland, IN, adjusts an American flag on a trailer before the start of a Vietnam Veterans Rememberance Ride Friday, June 19, 2015, at the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport in Benton Harbor, Mich. Dozens of motorcycles joined the ride from Benton Harbor through Eau Claire, Sodus, Niles and New Buffalo, Mich., as part of this weekend's Lest We Forget Tribute To Vietnam Veterans.(AP Photo/The Herald-Palladium, Don Campbell)


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