Parade, memorial to be unveiled on Vets Day

An American Huey that was flown in the Vietnam War will be in Huntington during Veterans Day events on Saturday, Nov. 11.
An American Huey that was flown in the Vietnam War will be in Huntington during Veterans Day events on Saturday, Nov. 11. Photo provided.

A Veterans’ Day parade and ceremony in Huntington on Saturday, Nov. 11, will include the unveiling of the Vietnam Monument and a visit by an American Huey that was flown during the Vietnam War.

The American Huey was refurbished by John Walker, Walker’s brother and other volunteers at the American Huey 369 museum in Peru. The Huey will arrive at 9:45 a.m. on Nov. 11 at Huntington North High School prior to the start of the Veterans Day parade.

Motorcycles will line the front entrance to the high school prior to the parade. Six veterans of the Vietnam War will be escorted past the motorcycles and onto the Huey for their honor flight. Prior to the flight, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 will play the national anthem.

The parade will leave Huntington North High School at 10 a.m. and travel east on MacGahan Street, south on North Jefferson Street and west on West Park Drive to Memorial Park.

The parade will end at the park’s Veterans’ Memorial, where the new Vietnam Monument will be dedicated. Plaques bearing the names of the 17 Huntington County men killed in action in Vietnam will also be dedicated.

The Huey will make an appearance as the Vietnam Monument is dedicated at the park and then return to the high school. At the school, American Huey 369 volunteers, who are Vietnam veterans and former Huey pilots, will be on hand to help educate the community about the Huey, history of the Huey, the Vietnam War and the history of that era. Those who become members of the American Huey 369 project and pay their membership fees will be given a membership ride that day.

Following the events, a free lunch for veterans will be served from noon until 4 p.m. at American Legion Post 85, 1410 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.