Welcome home for Vietnam Vets July 2 The Sioux Falls VA (Dept. of Veterans Affairs) invites Vietnam veterans and their family, as well as area residents to attend a Welcome Home July 2 in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. The homecoming will begin with a program on the VA grounds at 10:30 a.m. during which the Air National Guard Traveling Band will perform.
Keynote speaker will be James Sursely, Vietnam veteran and National DAV Commander. Sursely enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966 and volunteered for duty in Vietnam in 1968. While assigned to the Americal Division�s 17th Armored Cavalry during a combat mission in January 1969, he stepped on an enemy land mine. His wounds resulted in the amputation of his legs above the knee and left arm above the elbow.
Lunch will be provided for Vietnam veterans and their immediate families following the program.
In addition, the Agent Orange Quilts of Tears will be displayed for the first time at a VA facility from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the front lobby of the medical center. The Quilts of Tears are a memorial and tribute to the veterans who were affected by Agent Orange. The project was begun in 1998 by Jennie R. LeFevre (now deceased), president of the Agent Orange Victims and Widows Support Network.
Watermelon Daze Band and DMM Sound will provide entertainment from 12:30 to 2 p.m. In case of rain, the program will take place at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 3601 S. Minnesota Ave.
This event is sponsored by the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center, the Dakotas Regional Office, area Veterans Service Organizations, and private citizens to recognize the contributions of the men and women who served the United States in Vietnam and during the Vietnam era.