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Carson to honor Vietnam veterans

Photo by Aislinn Bailey. Command Chief Master Sgts. Thomas Westermeyer, 96th Air Base Wing, and William Harner, 53rd Wing, look at the name, Capt. Lance P. Sijan, at the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall June 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Sijan was an Air Force officer and fighter pilot who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the United States’ highest military award in 1976.

by Staff Sgt. Wayne Barnett

Mountaineer staff

Fort Carson will host a Vietnam Veterans’ Welcome Home celebration June 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ironhorse Park.

The half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, known as “The Wall That Heals,” will highlight this year’s event. The wall will be available for viewing 24 hours a day June 8-12, near Kit Carson Park outside of Gate 1.

The celebration, free and open to the public, will also feature family activities, entertainment, bus tours of Fort Carson and information booths about veterans’ services.

Access onto Fort Carson for visitors attending the activities June 10 will be through gates 1, 4 and 20. Drivers will be required to show a valid state driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. All vehicle occupants 18 and older will be required to show valid state- or federally-issued photo identification. All vehicles entering the installation are subject to search. Visitors will be issued an event parking pass, which must be displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle at all times while on the installation. Nondecaled vehicles that are not removed from the installation by 5 p.m. June 11 will be towed at the owner’s expense.

The Vehicle Registration Office, building 6012, will be closed from 7-11 a.m. June 10 and the parking lot will be closed at 6 p.m. Thursday. Nondecaled vehicles will be processed at gates 2, 3, 4, 5 and 20 during this time.

Traffic control personnel will be directing visitors to the parking areas off of Wetzel Avenue south of Prussman Boulevard, the east side of the Ironhorse Park.

Handicap parking will be available at Kit Carson Park and the main parking lot at Ironhorse Park.

Coffee and doughnuts will be served without charge and vendors will have food and beverages for purchase.

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