Festival Details - "Heroes Honor Festival"...
Start: Friday, May 27, 2022 7:00PM
End: Saturday, May 28, 2022 11:00PM
The 2022 Heroes Honor Festival is a welcome home tribute honoring our Vietnam veterans. Organized by the non-profit Engage Your Destiny (EYD) and 9/11 generation of wartime veterans, HHF is open to the public over Memorial Day Weekend at the Daytona International Speedway. The two-day celebration features world-class entertainment, flyovers, a ticker-tape parade, interactive exhibits, reunions, a demonstration ride, a sacred candlelight vigil for those killed in action during Vietnam, and a veterans resource expo.
“We sometimes get asked ‘why now?’” explained Ben Peterson, Iraq Veteran and Founder of the Heroes Honor Festival. “Why celebrate Vietnam veterans now, after so many years? And the very simple but important reason is this: it is way overdue. Our society largely rejected Vietnam Veterans when they first came home from active duty. Despite many of them being drafted without choice, they were ridiculed upon returning. Instead of applause, they had bottles, rotten food, and in some cases, blood thrown at them. Instead of receiving hugs, many were spit on, called names, and shamed into not wearing their uniforms.”
“Over the past 50 years, many Vietnam Veterans continue to endure uncounted physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges,” Peterson continued. “The path to normal life has been daunting for them. But through it all, these Vietnam veterans were the guardians of honor - they are the first ones who said: ‘Never Again!’ Never again will combat veterans return home to scorn and ridicule. Vietnam vets began to guard the Welcome Home ceremonies for 9/11 vets like myself at a time protesters began to demonstrate at the funerals of 9/11 era veterans. So now, on behalf of 9/11 era veterans and citizens who love our veterans, it’s time that these heroes receive the honor they deserve. That is why we are giving our Vietnam veterans the biggest, baddest, most patriotic celebration.”
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