ALLOUEZ - An event welcoming home Vietnam Veterans officially starts laterthis week, but Monday night HeritageHill State Historical Park in Allouez got a head start, hostingan event and hearing from a handful of Vietnam Veterans.
As northeast Wisconsin prepares to welcome home Vietnam Veteransat the LZLambeau event later this week, some of those veterans aresharing their experiences.
"I feel very fortunate that I did serve during that period oftime with some very great people," said Dr. Lowell Peterson, aVietnam Veteran and U.S. Air Force flight surgeon from1963-1966.
Monday night Heritage Hill State Historical Park hosted a paneltalking about medical care during war with one veteran who servedin Afghanistan, others who served in Vietnam.
"I would hope that the people that come to tonight will hearfirst of all how much respect and how much caring is dealt in thecare of the fallen and the wounded in the military," said MikeWeaver. "We always revered them in the highest degree and alwaystook care of them to the best of our abilities."
One of those on the panel is Mike Weaver, an army medic, whoserved from 1966-1969.
"The one thing that's probably paramount in my memory is theability not only to help the Americans that were wounded and diedbut also to help the Vietnamese. And we did MEDCAP rations fromtime to time when we would go into smaller villages and we wouldtreat usually the elderly and very young and I look back at that askind of an oasis in all of that misery of war, in helping all thosepeople and it leaves a very positive part within me," saidWeaver.
Weaver hopes to add LZ Lambeau to his positive memories.
"It's a bit overwhelming. I know some feel that it's a bit latebut I don't," Weaver said of the LZ Lambeau event. "I think it'sgoing to be a very positive thing and I think it will probably beone of the largest healing grounds for veterans ever in Wisconsin.There will be thousands here this weekend and it will be anopportunity for them to all share and bond."
Heritage Hill is also hosting an art exhibit telling storiesfrom Vietnam.
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