PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Ad Hoc Vietnam Veterans Group recently brought their Welcome Home Huey Helicopter float to Brockton and Randolph for separate Veterans events.
On Sept. 20, Wayne Dunham and Harry Titus brought the Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Huey Helicopter float to the Brockton Veterans Administration for their annual Veterans Expo and Career Day. The family-oriented event provided a one-stop shop for veterans to take advantage of the benefits due them and to get involved in veterans-related activities. Area veterans and their families participated in a free cookout, live music and a career fair and signed up for an array of federal and state resources designed for veterans. There was a petting zoo for children, along with free pony rides. In addition, signups were made available for physical wellness activities from recreational rowing programs, to incline therapy.
On Sept. 22, the Plymouth Ad Hoc Vietnam Veterans Group picked up their Huey float from Brockton and moved it to Randolph to be utilized as a static display at AMVET Post 51's POW/MIA/Purple Heart Recognition Breakfast. Post 51 has established a POW/MIA monument on their grounds and conducts an annual breakfast so that the prisoners of war and those missing in action will never be forgotten. This year, the Post invited Purple Heart recipients to join them in recognizing National POW/MIA Recognition Day, which is Sept. 20. Over the past several years, all or most of the 50 states have proclaimed POW/MIA Recognition Day, culminating in numerous local events and the national ceremony in Washington, DC.