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Lest We Forget WWII and Vietnam Re-Enactment and Korean Tribute

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Lest We Forget will present its sixth tribute to veterans May 17-19, 2013 at the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport. This year will see many of the popular features of the past events return, plus some new additions. While we will not have the WWII beach landings, we will see more WWII battles at the airport, a Vietnam re-enactment featuring Huey helicopters, Vietnam vehicles and the 25th Infantry "Wolfhounds" and tributes to the Korean veterans.

The project officer for this event will be Bill Womer, a member of Lest We Forget. Bill is a retired SGT MAJ from the MI National Guard and retired social studies teacher from St Joseph High School. Bill will be assisted by members of Lest We Forget heading the various committees with support from the community. The event will be co-sponsored by Fairmount Minerals, Emergency Physicians Medical Group and Lakeland Regional Health Systems, Whirlpool, Meijer and JohnsonRauhoff. In addition to these sponsors, Lest We Forget couldn't function without the support of grants from the Upton Foundation, the Schalon Foundation and various service clubs. To stage this re-enactment over $60,000 must be raised. There is no charge for the events at the airport and donations are gratefully accepted.

For several weeks prior to the event, both sides of the road leading into the airport will be lined with flags through the cooperation of the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph Exchange Club and Michigan Works Bridge Academy. Refreshments and light meals will be provided by the Experimental Aircraft Association. There will be WWII and Vietnam re-enactments and a tribute to the Korean soldiers.