Las Vegas to honor nation's veterans with weekend festivities

LAS VEGAS -- The city of Las Vegas, in conjunction with Mayor Oscar Goodman, the Fremont Street Experience and Boyd Gaming Corp., has planned numerous events during Veterans Day weekend.

The events coincide with the U.S. Air Forces Aviation Nation Air Show and help kick off Operation Welcome Home, a national, year-long celebration to publicly honor and thank the 2.7 million military personnel who served in the armed forces during the Vietnam War.

From Nov. 10 through 13, a half-scale model of the Vietnam Memorial Wall will be located at Boyd Gamings Main Street Station property adjacent to the Fremont Street Experience.

On Nov. 11, more than 110 entries and floats as well as 2,500 individuals, including hundreds of Vietnam veterans from almost every U.S. state, are expected to participate in the citys Veterans Day parade, one of the largest events of its kind in the U.S.

During the weekend, the Fremont Street Experience also will host a free Patriot Party, which will take place under the 1,500-foot Viva Vision canopy. Headliners include Felix Cavalieres Rascals, who are scheduled to perform Nov. 11, and the Guess Who, who will take the stage Nov. 12.

A light show called Above and Beyond, which is dedicated to veterans, will debut Nov. 11 on the Viva Vision screen.

The centerpiece of the weekends festivities is Aviation Nation -- the Nellis Air Force Base-Las Vegas Centennial Air Show -- featuring performances by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as well as other air and ground displays on Nov. 13 and 14.

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