GREEN BAY - A veterans group is protesting LZ Lambeau this weekend. In fact,many of the group members are Vietnam veterans.
Some say they started out supporting the idea of a welcome home,but now say they don't like what the event has become.
"Not at all. I think it may have been intended to (be a welcomehome) but it took a different turn that went completely in theopposite direction," said Will Williams, an Army veteran who servedin Vietnam in 1966 and 1969.
Williams is one of the faces that has been used to promote LZLambeau and a corresponding documentary by Wisconsin PublicTelevision. Though, Williams no longer supports the event. Hisbiggest complaint is that modern military equipment will be ondisplay.
"The idea of welcoming home Vietnam veterans morphed into apromotion of militarism and support for the current wars andrecruitment of young people," said Williams
On Friday, Williams participated in a protest of this weekend'sevents. It was organized by Veterans for Peace.
The group says LZ Lambeau is providing the public an incompletepicture of what the war was really like.
"They won't be presented with the lying politicians, theywon't be presented with the power of the military industrialcomplex," said Buzz Davis, with Veterans for Peace.
The organizers of LZ Lambeau say the only focus is providing theveterans with what they did not get more than 30 years ago.
"A welcome return that they've not had before, but moreimportantly a 'thank you.' They didn't get that either ... Most ofthem," said Don Jones, an organizer of LZ Lambeau.
Jones said no recruiting of any kind will be allowed.
"This is about the veterans from Vietnam," said Jones.
Both sides want what's best for the veterans. Though somebelieve the sights and sounds of LZ Lambeau may be too much forthem to handle.
"The only thing they're missing is that the helicopters aren'tputting missiles into LZ Lambeau," said Davis.
Organizers tell FOX 11 there will be plenty of counselors onhand this weekend in case any veterans experience symptoms ofpost-traumatic stress.
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