Huey Helicopter Exhibit Lands Downtown This Week

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – As part of the 50-year commemoration of the Vietnam War, a Huey helicopter from the conflict is on display this week in downtown St. Louis.

Organizer Paula Barron with the group Light Horse Legacy, says the Huey is a potent symbol for Vietnam Vets to behold.

“Brings back a lot of memories, either a rescue or a life-saving event for a lot of them or their friends,” Barron says. “Or it brings back memories of watching friends get airlifted out and being saved.”

KMOX asked Barron how she thought veterans were doing now.

“I would probably say that half of them are doing really well and the other half are still struggling,” Barron says. “We have a lot of homeless vets.”

She adds that there will be veterans, who are not Vietnam vets, that will also attend.

The Huey helicopter, which is painted with insignias from various combat and medical units, will be on display near Chestnut and Tucker through noon on Sunday October 9th.

Artist Steve Maloney of Rancho Santa Fe, California, stands with his 1967 Huey helicopter on display in downtown St. Louis on October 3, 2016. The helicopter is the "Take Me Home Huey" Project, on tour of the United States. Maloney says the work is an ambassador that employs a piece of history for understanding and healing and is dedicated to the 2,709,918 Americans that served in Vietnam.The helicopter used for the sculpture was shot down in 1969 during a medical rescue in Vietnam. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Artist Steve Maloney of Rancho Santa Fe, California, stands with his 1967 Huey helicopter on display in downtown St. Louis on October 3, 2016. The helicopter is the “Take Me Home Huey” Project, on tour of the United States. Maloney says the work is an ambassador that employs a piece of history for understanding and healing and is dedicated to the 2,709,918 Americans that served in Vietnam.The helicopter used for the sculpture was shot down in 1969 during a medical rescue in Vietnam. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

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