Helen Hill, Gold Star Mother on Memorial Day 2012. Mrs. Hill’s son David was killed in Vietnam and she has been a part of VVA 116 since the dark days following the war.
She has presented the VVA Scholarships to the sons and daughters of VVA 116 members for over 20 years. Thank you Mrs. Hill!
Specialist Robert Lowell, just returned from Afghanistan, receives a VVA Certificate of Appreciation from Richard Earley on behalf of VVA Chapter 116.
Joining in the presentation is Specialist Lowell’s grandfather; an Army veteran of WWII, D Day, and the liberation of Europe. The presentation was part of Memorial Day Ceremonies 2012.
Never again will one generation of veterans forget another.
Operation Babylift was the name given to the mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam to the United States and other countries (including Australia, France, and Canada) at the end of the Vietnam War (see also the Fall of Saigon), from April 3–26, 1975.
The end of the Vietnam War precipitated increased adoptions of Vietnamese children by American families. In April 1975, two years after the Americans signed a cease-fire accord with Vietnam, North Vietnamese troops spread through the South. The war’s end caused hundreds of thousands of citizens to flee the country, fearing for their lives.
With the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang having fallen in March, and with Saigon under attack and being shelled, on April 3, 1975, U.S. President Gerald Ford announced that the U.S. government would begin evacuating orphans from Saigon on a series of 30 planned flights aboard C-5A Galaxy cargo aircraft.
Visit Operation Babylift’s homepage by clicking the above graphic or right here.
DEVENS — The public is invited to the Fort Devens Museum’s Open House on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when Armed Forces Day will be observed with exhibits, talks and an opportunity to share conversation about the military and local history with others over refreshments.
The museum is located on the third floor at 94 Jackson Road, Devens. Follow the signs and balloons to the parking area. Guest speakers will cover a broad range of subjects and an even wider timeline than the installation’s 95 years of existence.
The event is free and open to the public. For more details, contact the Fort Devens Museum at 978-772-1286 or [email protected].