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Vietnam Veterans Stand Down

October 21, 2023 - October 22, 2023


It is 50 years since ground troops came home from the Vietnam War and 50 years since the military draft ended in America. According to Department of Defense estimates only about 1/3 of Vietnam and Vietnam Era Veterans are still living. The Vietnam Veterans of the Coachella Valley, along with support from a number of Veterans Service organizations, including, but not limited to: Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc.; the American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Disabled American Veterans; and the Coachella Valley Airborne Association are participating in this event. The Stand Down will take place in Desert Hot Springs at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #1534 and all veterans, veterans’ families and all others who care are invited to this free event. There will be 60’s music, barbeque, and a Vietnam Era Huey-1 Medevac Helicopter as a back drop for this important event. An opening ceremony is scheduled for noon on Saturday, October 21st and a closing ceremony is scheduled for noon on Sunday, October 22nd. This will be an opportunity for veterans to celebrate that we are still here and as a remembrance to those who are not. It will be an opportunity to make new friends and possibly meet up with friends not seen since serving on active duty decades ago.


October 21, 2023
October 22, 2023
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