The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is honoring a commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. Their goal is to let Minnesota Vietnam Veterans know that they are honored, respected and appreciated for their service.


The event is being held to help improve Veterans quality of life by providing an opportunity for healing.

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The event is a way to thank them for their service, wherever they may have served during the Vietnam War. They also want to highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the war, and recognize the contributions and sacrifices that were made by allies of the United States during that time, especially those allies who made Minnesota their home.


They are also doing something very special. They are looking for Veterans that are willing to share their stories at the event. To participate, Veterans will be interviewed to record a video of their story. This will be archived and preserved as part of the project. Family members are also invited to help give a clearer picture of the effect that service had.

If you are a Vietnam Veteran and would be willing to share your story, please contact Bess Ellenson at

All Vietnam Veterans and their families, and allies of the United States during the Vietnam War are invited to thie event taking place at The Mall of America.


The 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration will be taking place on Thursday, June 13th through Saturday, June 15th. The event will begin each day at 10 am and run until 6 pm and will be taking place at The Mall of America.

Mall of America
North Entrance and Atrium
Bloomington, MN


There will be historical displays from the Minnesota Military and Veterans Museum and an American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall.

The Commemorative Program will be held on Friday, June 14th beginning at 11 am, in the Mall of America Huntingdon Bank Rotunda. Following the program, a complimentary brunch will be provided for Vietnam Veterans and their family members.


The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is currently working on transportation planning for those people located in greater Minnesota. Hotel Accommodations can be reserved for Veterans and their families, but it will be at your own expense and can be made for multiple days.


If you would like more information about this event, please contact the following:

Chris Kakos at Chris,
Anna Sonnee at

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