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Gateway Youth Aeronautical Foundation F-4 Cockpit Honors Vietnam Veterans

Updated: Jan 29

Vietnam veterans were honored Sunday at the St. Charles County Veterans Museum in O'Fallon, MO. For several hours on a beautiful spring afternoon, fellow veterans and their families and friends gathered to pay tribute to those who served during the controversial conflict and wish a hearty "Welcome Home" to our soldiers, sailors and airmen who were not made welcome upon their return from serving in Southeast Asia. Along with the traditional recognition ceremony, the veterans, their guests and the public were invited to have a complimentary lunch, visit the military equipment outdoor exhibits and tour the museum. The event was well received by those in attendance, and a credit to everyone who helped to make it a great success.

Visitors to the event were greeted by friendly museum volunteers and members of participating organizations who joined together on this day to honor the Vietnam veterans. Included below are exhibits provided by the Vietnam Veterans of America Mid Rivers Chapter 458, the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation "Sky Soldiers," and the Gateway Youth Aeronautical Foundation F-4 Phantom cockpit.

The Vietnam veterans were also given an aerial salute with the fly-by of the iconic Bell UH-1H Huey helicopter, the unofficial symbol of the Vietnam War, provided by the Gateway Chapter of the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation based at Creve Coeur Airport.

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