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Vietnam Veterans Foundation Holds Open House

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Greene County's Vietnam Veterans Foundation is holding an open house Saturday and Sunday at its museum in Ruckersville.

Foundation volunteers say their mission is to develop a community understanding for a war not often featured in re-enactments.

The backyard of a house in Greene County became a battlefield Saturday afternoon.

Captain John Showers from the Dogs of War Reenactment Group says it's sometimes difficult to depict just how chaotic the fighting actually was.

"Even though we have this choreographed and staged, that we're going to be fighting them, we don't know exactly where or when. So this way it still does put the element of surprise into our show that we're showing to the public." said Showers.

The reenactment is part of the open house at the Vietnam Foundation Museum.

Volunteers there are all veterans themselves, and say they want to present a realistic picture to the community.

“The mission is to educate the public on how the Vietnam soldier lived, what his life was like in Vietnam, what it was like at home." said Bob Hull, a foundation volunteer.

The museum opened around six years ago by founder Craig Lamontaine.

Volunteer Bob Hull says their mission began with education but has grown to include providing a listening ear to veterans.

"The animosity that was shown by the american public to the Vietnam soldier was very discouraging and it's hard for them to get past some of it and we're glad to help, that's part of it is healing for the Vietnam veteran." said Hull.

Foundation members say the hope is to get visitors engaged in a past that is still very much part of their present.

The museum will have re-enactments at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon and on Monday for Memorial Day.

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