50th anniversary of the Vietnam War to be commemorated at MOA

By Tim Engstrom

BLOOMINGTON — There will be historical displays Thursday, June 13, to Saturday, June 15 at the Mall of America, with a commemorative program at 11 a.m. July 14.

That day also is Flag Day and the Army’s birthday. It takes place at MOA’s Huntington Bank Rotunda, which is on the first floor of the east side of the megamall, near Barnes & Noble.

Called the 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration, it is organized by the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.

Many historical displays will be from the Minnesota Military & Veterans Museum. The American Veterans Traveling Tribute will have a replica Vietnam Memorial wall and other displays.

The 11 a.m. program will be followed by a complimentary brunch for Vietnam-era veterans and their families.

No RSVP is required to attend. The event is open to the public. All veterans who served in or during Vietnam are especially welcome, along with their friends and families.

There will be veteran resources available, too.

The program will highlight the service of the armed forces during the war, recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by allies, and provide an opportunity for healing and thanking veterans. Minnesota Military Radio will do a live taping. The Bloomington Honor Guard (made up of Legion and VFW members) will present the colors.

The DAV of Minnesota and the Minnesota Veterans 4 Veterans Trust Fund have partnered up to reimburse the cost of transportation for veterans groups across the state.

For organizations wishing to provide a bus to Veterans for the event, please contact Trent Dilks at trent@davmn.org to discuss details or visit Minnesota Veteran.org/Vietnam50 to download the information.