Veterans have been fighting for our country’s freedom since before we even had a country! This year, the new helicopter at the Patriots’ Park Vietnam display helps us remember our history—and the brave people who died to protect the U.S.A. The next time you visit Ola Lee Mize Patriots’ Park, consider giving this vessel of the past a visit.
More on the Helicopter
The new helicopter at the Patriots’ Park Vietnam display is a UH 1B Huey copter. It was made back in 1962, before the U.S. joined the Vietnam War. It’s also racked up some miles recently, traveling across the globe, from Vietnam to the United States. When you see it, you’ll also be able to view munitions from the war as well.
The Vietnam War
The Vietnam War was a part of a conflict spanning nearly two decades, costing an estimated 2,450,000 to 3,595,000 lives, including civilian casualties. Though the conflicts began in 1955, the United States did not join the war until 1965, fighting up until all U.S. troops were removed from the conflict by 1973. Even today, its effects linger, transforming the political, social, and geographic climate.
Why Did the U.S. Enter the Vietnam War?
Vietnam was subject to shifting rule in the 20th century. The French conquered the country prior to World War II, only for the Japanese to capture much of the land from the 1940s to the 1950s. Ultimately, the Treaty of Geneva in 1954 resulted in something called “the 17th Parallel,” which bisected Vietnam into two parts. It was also conditional on French withdrawal and future elections.
Because the elections never solidified, this meant that Vietnam was separated geographically and politically. The Southern half grew into a capitalist republic, while the northern half turned into a communist republic. Next came a civil war between these two divided areas, which had been weakened and stressed by outside forces for many years.
The United States, who’s Navy was the subject a surprise attack by North Vietnam in 1954 eventually joined the conflict. Leaders also stated that they wanted to prevent North Vietnam from winning, creating a united communist country. Troops were unprepared for the true cost of the war, and withdrew only after losing many lives.
Currently, many of us are still observing social distancing. That means it’s healthier for many people to simply stay home. However, when everything calms down and you want to pay Patriots’ Park a visit, here’s what you need to know!
Ola Lee Mize Patriots’ Park is located at 1296 Noccalula Road in Gadsden, Alabama. Though it is normally open 24/7, visiting times may be subject to change due to COVID-19. As for pricing, it is free for all to visit.
See a piece of history—albeit with a new coat of paint splashed on—when you visit the new helicopter at the Patriots’ Park Vietnam display. Our freedom, after all, is hard-won—and we can all benefit from sending some appreciation the folks who have fought for it over the years. Thank you!
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