American Legion Post 291 to hold Vietnam Veteran Welcome Home Weekend

American Legion Post 291 is holding a Vietnam Veteran Welcome Home Weekend, with the event showcasing remarkable exhibits, including the iconic Dustoff* Huey medevac, which the Vietnam Veterans of America generously provided. This historical artifact will be on view in Veterans Park from 12 p.m. on Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7, offering attendees a visible connection to the wartime era. The Vietnam Veterans of America members will be present throughout the display to answer questions and offer insights.

In addition, a dozen or so military-type vehicles will be featured.

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Attendees will get a close-up view of the iconic Dustoff Huey medevac

A special “Coffee Talk” is scheduled for Saturday, April 6 from 6-8 a.m., where a live podcast will be presented with NGBN-TV. Dave Desrochers, a former offensive lineman for the Seattle Seahawks, has organized a Free Suicide Prevention Training, and will be bringing in award-winning suicide prevention expert and decorated Army Veteran Craig Hannum to host. A replay will take place from 9-11 a.m. and will be shown as well. The sessions are free to attend and watch. All veterans, family members of veterans, and those who love veterans are invited.

Those interested in attending the Free Suicide Prevention Training can register at

On Saturday, April 6, an evening celebration will be held for American Legion members and their guests.

The Vietnam Veteran Welcome Home Weekend is the largest welcome home gathering in the nation, with more than 100 Vietnam Veterans and their guests expected to attend, making it a memorable occasion for all involved.

American Legion Post 291 (and Veterans Park) is located at 215 15th St., Newport Beach. For more information, visit

*Editor’s Note: The original call sign of “dustoff” was given to the first aeromedical helicopter evacuation unit, the 57th Medical Detachment, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Army. The countryside was dry and the medical evacuation, or medevac, helicopters would kick up a lot of dust in the fields where they landed.


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