LZ Lambeau

On the weekend of May 20-22, 2010, an estimated 70,000 Vietnam veterans, their families, friends and neighbors traveled to Green Bay for three days of tributes, memorials, reunions, camaraderie and brotherhood.

The event featured museum and photography exhibits, a music stage, Vietnam-era vehicles and aircraft, The Moving Wall, community events, a cross-state motorcycle honor rise, school outreach, an ecumenical service and a Tribute Ceremony inside historic Lambeau Field.

LZ Lambeau: The Origin Story

Wisconsin Public Television Producer Mik Derks and Development Director Jon Miskowski walk us through the events and emotions that sparked the idea for LZ Lambeau.

Vietnam Veterans

Here and Now sits down with Vietnam War veteran Butch Soetenga, a Wisconsin Public Television videographer and editor of ``Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories,`` to discuss an honor ride that culminates at LZ Lambeau, which remembers those who served in Vietnam more than 35 years ago.

LZ Lambeau Photo Galleries

A look back at a few of the highlights from the LZ Lambeau: Welcoming Home Wisconsin’s Vietnam Veterans weekend.

The Big Map

The 105′X 140′ map of Southeast Asia was a focal point of LZ Lambeau. Veterans returned again and again to retrace their tours of duty and connect with fellow veterans. Veterans who has tried for forty years to put Vietnam behind them now proudly wrote their names on the map, wrote memorials to those they had lost, and share, many for the first time, their stories with their families.

The bigvietnammap.com website has been created to collect and preserve these stories.

Resources

Below are some of the resources we collected to help tell the story of LZ Lambeau and to teach to future generations.

Wisconsin Honor Roll (PDF)

The Wisconsin Historical Society has compiled a list of Wisconsin servicemen and women who were KIA-MIA during the Vietnam War.

Fact Sheet (PDF)

Demographic facts about the Vietnam War and the involvement of servicemen and women from Wisconsin including a time line of incidents mentioned by veterans in Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories.

Wisconsin Honor Roll (PDF)

The Wisconsin Historical Society has compiled a list of Wisconsin servicemen and women who were KIA-MIA during the Vietnam War.

Toolkit

Below is a list of resources to help other stations or community groups produce their own signature event.  We know from experience that Vietnam veterans in your area will greatly appreciate your efforts.

The Big Map Files

The map was printed on vinyl flex, the same material used by outdoor advertising companies for billboards. It is waterproof, offers good traction, and stands up well to foot traffic. Using the vector-based illustrator file of the Big Map allows you to print it to any size you choose. The only limitation is weight. Our map required a forklift to move it into position and many volunteers to unfold and fold it. Any sign maker or outdoor advertiser can guide you through the process and connect you with vendors to supply and print the vinyl flex to your specifications.

PDF of Big Map File

Archival Vietnam War Footage

A grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has made it possible for Wisconsin Public Television to make available to other public broadcasting stations nearly 29 hours of logged archival footage that we acquired for the production of Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories. These films have been digitized as QuickTime files and will be delivered on a portable hard drive. They cover the many years of the Vietnam War and include action in each of the military services, specific battles and military operations, training films and news reels. All of the footage comes from the National Archives and is in the public domain. This footage is being made available to public broadcasters for use in documentary productions for broadcast on public television stations, rights free, in perpetuity.

By the terms of the CPB grant, WPT is able to provide this logged archival footage to 100 public broadcasting stations at no charge. Requests beyond 100 will be charged $200 to cover duplication, the hard drive, shipping and handling.

Sponsors

LZ Lambeau was a partnership of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Public Television. In addition,the partners would like to thank the following companies and individuals for their support.

Lead Sponsors

Don and Roxanne Weber
Associated Bank

Major Sponsors

Ho-Chunk Nation
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
Wisconsin Public Service Foundation
Kwik Trip
Forest County Potawatomi Foundation
Oshkosh Defense
General Motors Dealers of Northeast Wisconsin, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC Truck and Cadillac
Ron and Colleen Weyers
Oneida Nation
Philip J. and Elizabeth B. Hendrickson
Festival Foods
Hydrite Chemical Co.
Spirit of Milwaukee
Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Additional Contributors

W.W. Grainger
Desert Vets of Wisconsin
Lowell and Mary Peterson
IKI Manufacturing
The Evjue Foundation
The Mielke Family Foundation
Robert & Patricia Endries Family Foundation Ltd.
Ron and Patty Anderson
American Family Insurance
George Kress Foundation
UW Green Bay’s Adult Degree Program
The Boldt Company
Credit Union Executives Society
Michels Corporation
Taco Bell
Tom Schober
Larry and Julie Midtbo
David Walsh
Irene D. Kress
Fred Johnson
US Sen. Herb Kohl & Kohl Charities
John E. Kuenzl Foundation, Inc
Friends of Wisconsin Public Television

In Kind Contributors

The Kress Inn, Schneider National, Lamers Bus Lines, MillerCoors, Jet Air Services, Executive Air, American Airlines, Jim’s Golf Cars, FABCO, Beacon Electric, Tundra Lodge, Grazies Italian Grill, Chili John’s, Fly Me Flag, Fast Signs Wisconsin Tavern League and Waste Management.