A time to Honor & Thank our Vietnam Veterans

The Connecticut Air Guard and the New England Air Museum will be the sites of Connecticut’s Vietnam 50th Celebration. All are invited to attend Connecticut’s Vietnam 50th Celebration Weekend. Come recognize and honor New England’s Vietnam Veterans and by remembrance, embrace those who did not return. This three-day event will feature amazing vehicle and aircraft displays, helicopter rides in the 1D “Huey”, a USO dance and concert, and a complete, six aircraft rescue demonstration by “The Sky Soldiers” each day.

Whether you are a Vietnam Veteran, a friend or family member of a veteran, or just want to recognize the sacrifices made by our veterans, this celebration should not be missed!

This event is designed to educate a new generation about the Vietnam War and the part it played in the lives of our friends, relatives and neighbors whose stories are the building blocks of American History. The Vietnam 50th is sponsored by the CCSU Veterans History Project Vietnam War Commemoration Committee. Collaborating partners are the New England Air Museum, the Connecticut National Guard, Bradley International Airport, the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA).

The Vietnam 50th Celebration weekend will take place on July 10th through 12th, 2015 on the grounds of New England Air Museum and the Connecticut Air National Guard in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

Events Schedule

Coming Soon

Merchandise

The following specialty items can be ordered by calling Adriana Dunn at (860)-832-2978. Or send your order, accompanied by a check payable to CCSU Foundation to: Veterans History Project, 185 Main Street in New Britain, CT 06051. All purchases help support the Vietnam 50th.

Pin

Lapel Pin

  • Purchase our Vietnam 50th Commemoration Pin.
  • Dimensions: 1” x 1.25”
  • Price: $7.00

Patch

Vietnam 50th Patch

  • The Vietnam 50th Patch can be sewn on any shirt, vest, sports jacket, hat, backpack, or bag. Or you can add it to your patch collection.
  • Dimensions: 2.5” x 3.5”
  • Price: $5.00

Challenge Coin

Vietnam 50th Challenge Coin

  • Purchase this unique Vietnam 50th Commemorative Challenge Coin for your collection. This coin is a beautiful keepsakes of the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War.
  • Dimensions: 1.75”
  • Price: $15.00

All Merchandise

Shirts and Caps

  • T-shirts, crew shirts and baseball caps are also available.

Photo Gallery

Displays & Floor Plans

Guest Authors

The following authors will be attending the event and signing books!

Author Robert F. Dorr

Born September 11, 1939, Robert F. Dorr is a U.S. Air Force veteran, diplomat, and prolific writer. He has authored or co-authored 75 books, ten of them on Vietnam alone.

At age 16, he published his first work for a magazine. He served in the Air Force from 1957 to 1960. Following his service in the military, he became a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. State Department in 1964, serving for 24 years. His diplomatic service spanned several continents, from England to as Far East as Japan.

Dorr photo

Some of his first book publications were about the aircraft that United States used during Vietnam, including the famed F-4 Phantom. Other works on the conflict focused on the air war. His recent publications have switched focus from Vietnam to World War II. In 2008, Dorr co-authored with former astronaut Tom Jones Hell Hawks. It is a wartime history of the 365th Fighter Group, who fought in Europe from the invasion of Normandy to the surrender of Germany.

This publication has been met with critical acclaim, with former director of the National Air and Space Museum Walter J. Boyne equating it to Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers. The amount of research Dorr put in along with Jones is staggering. Other works on the Second World War include Mission to Tokyo, published in 2012, which focused on a firebomb mission to the Japanese Capital on the night of March 9th-10th, 1945. His latest published work came out in 2013; Fighting Hitler’s Jets was a narrative of Germany’s jet aircraft being introduced into the war, including the famed Messerschmitt 262.

Dorr is a regular contributor to such magazines as Air Force Monthly, Air & Space/Smithsonian, and Flight Journal. He has a weekly opinion column in Air Force Times.

Author Arthur Wiknik, Jr.

A Higganum, CT resident. Visit Arthur Witnik Jr.’s webpage.

Wiknik 2 photo

Arthur Wiknik, Jr. was drafted into the US Army in 1968 at the age of 19 and went on to serve with the 101st Airborne Division in the Vietnam War. During the famous battle for Hamburger Hill, he was the first in his unit to safely reach the top during the final assault. As a community volunteer, Arthur is a founding member of the Haddam Veteran’s Museum, is a 17-year member of the Haddam Memorial Day Parade Committee and is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Arthur is the author of Nam Sense, the memoir of his Vietnam War experiences. His writing credits include stories in five different Chicken Soup for the Soul books and he also had articles in magazines such as Army, Soldier of Fortune, Players, North American Whitetail, Rural New England and Heading Out.

In 2008, Arthur provided commentary for Lionsgate Films 20th Anniversary DVD on the making of the movie Hamburger Hill. In November of 2011 he appeared in the History Channel special Vietnam in HD and in 2012 he appeared on Discovery’s Military Channel show An Officer and a Movie with actor and host Lou Diamond Phillips.

More information coming soon…

Directions & Parking

The event will take place at the Connecticut Air National Guard Base at 100 Nicholson Road, East Granby, CT 06026 and the New England Air Museum at 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks, CT 06096.

Parking Instructions

Please Note:
Direction and parking information will be updated with more detail as the event approaches.

Handicapped parking will be at the Air Guard Base. All other parking will be in satellite parking lots in the following East Granby, CT locations:

  • Nicholson Road
  • Kripes Road
  • Bradley Park Road
  • Mark’s Auto Parts at 22 Russell Road
  • The Hartford Springfield Auction Co-Op at 153 Rainbow Road

Shuttle buses will run from parking lots to the Air Guard Base and New England Air Museum continuously throughout the weekend.