While the 4th Annual American Patriot Fest isn’t until May, the patriotic event at Craig Ranch Regional Park will celebrate the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 that declares March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Back by popular demand, the American Patriot Fest will again feature the American Veterans Traveling Tribute. The tribute is an 80% scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. that will be on display 24 hours per day during the event, which is scheduled for May 10-13, 2018.
President Donald Trump signed the bipartisan law in 2017. According to a Military Times article, out of the 2.7 million U.S. service members who served in Vietnam, more than 58,000 were killed and more than 304,000 were wounded. The law is another way the American public has embraced Vietnam Veterans in recent years, even though just after the war many veterans were shunned.
“Some of them were actually treated quite poorly,” Senator Pat Toomey said when the law was passed. “And that was a tragic period in our history driven by people’s perceptions of the war. … I believe we’ve gotten to a place where the American people realize how much we really should be grateful to the men and the women who served this country in Vietnam during that very, very difficult time.”
The American Patriot Fest was created to honor, respect and pay tribute to all branches of the armed forces and their families including active military, veterans and those who have served and sacrificed. Military support groups will be present to share information about their services and the schedule of activities includes live entertainment, a major car show, kid’s zone, military displays, hamburger competition and more.
Also, this year area Clark County School District Junior ROTC programs will compete and the crew at Vegas Rat Rods is building a custom rod or motorcycle that will be unveiled at the event on May 12. Several local military charities will be selling tickets to win the custom build with 100% of the proceeds being donated.
Visit AmericanPatriotFest.com for info.