Vietnam Veterans / Era Educational Event
TSIO understands that everyone's experience connected to the war in Vietnam is different. It was different for Veterans while they served in Vietnam and when they returned. We understand and respect everyone's experience, how and where they are at with processing that, and the different perspectives and opinions they may have on the war today.
The war did not only affect American born Vietnam Veterans, but the Hmong and Vietnamese Veterans and their families, now also American.
Ever since the Vietnam Veterans' Day bill passed in 2009, we hosted and organized the first official event Wisconsin and a banquet in 2011 and 2012. This was a continuation of a gathering / banquet that was first started at my mother's Vietnamese restaurant. The majority of attendees returned and brought new people with them the following years. The events are not about politics or debating the war. We understand there is NEVER any Glory in War, but we honor those who have served and sacrificed, especially those we lost in the war or since then to Agent Orange, Etc. This day is different for everyone.
This is a healing time and a learning time Special Recognition of Purple Heart Recipients and Hmong Veterans.
- Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls City council, Congressman Kind, Children and grandchildren, Hmong and other Youth will be presenting
- 1pm-4pm: Displays with Community and Family Reflections, Educational, Artistic, and Memorabilia pieces all from and about Vietnam Era Veterans and the Vietnam War Era.
Special thanks to Nicole Lillis and Paul Kluge for their hard work and contributions with a featured display. We also thank WEAU 13 NEWS, WQOW 18 NEWS, Chippewa Falls Herald, the Boy Scouts (WI), Tracey Wolfe, Amy Dominski, Diz Kronenberg (World War Two Veteran), All of our CVSOs (with special thanks to Mike Haley, Clif Sorrensen, and Bill Thoma), John Meyer, Altoona VFW Auxiliary, and Doc Dentice for promoting the event.
We thank the Hmong T-28 Pilots and their families for joining us this year and hope they will be a part of us again in the future. Thank you to Koua Xiong for coming all the way from Illinois to share his personal story and the experience of the Hmong Pilots. Thank you to all the Purple Heart Recipients who were able to attend. Not all participants were able to attend nor was it possible for us to get every recipient's name. We relied on the Chippewa Falls Purple Heart Association to supply us with the various names. Thank you to Congressman Ron Kind, Eau Claire City Council President Keri Kincaid, and Chippewa Falls Mayor Greg Hoffman for being a part of us.