On Saturday, February 17, at 1:00 p.m., the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will host a screening, with discussion, of the 2006 Telly Award-winning documentary film, “Operation Babylift-Homeward Bound,” accompanied by a ceremony recognizing the late President Ford for his part in the humanitarian mission known as Operation Babylift. This program will be held at the Vietnam Era Educational Center in Holmdel, New Jersey,(Exit 116, Garden State Parkway on the grounds of the PNC NJ Arts Center).
On April 3, 1975, United States President Gerald R. Ford announced that “Operation Babylift” would fly from Vietnam to safety in America some of the estimated 70,000 Vietnamese babies and children who were left orphaned by the Vietnam War. Thirty flights, combining private and military planes, transported at least 2,000 children to the United States and another 1,300 children to Canada, Europe and Australia. These children, born in a war-torn land, grew up as members of international, adoptive families. These adoptees and their families acknowledge President Ford, himself an adoptee, for the important role he played in insuring them a new life. Many will be on hand on Saturday to share in a ceremony honoring President Ford and in the presentation of this recently released film about their story.advertisement
In June of 2005, twenty-one Babylift adoptees, family members and Operation Babylift military and volunteer civilian service veterans returned to Vietnam on a diplomatic trip via World Airways-the first such trip recognized by both the United States and Vietnam-permitting these living legacies of President Ford’s endeavor to return to the land of their birth. “Operation Babylift-Homeward Bound,” a 17-minute film produced by World Airways, tells the story of that very special trip. Introducing the film will be Lana Noone, of Garden City, NY, mother of Jennifer Nguyen Noone, a Babylift adoptee, both of whom were part of this extraordinary journey.
On behalf of the Vietnam Babylift 30th Anniversary Awards Committee, Lana Noone will present the Vietnam Babylift Award of Special Recognition, posthumously, to President Gerald R. Ford for his “extraordinary actions on behalf of the Vietnam Babylift.” The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will accept the award on behalf of the Ford family and will add the award to the its permanent archives collection.
For Immediate Release, New Jersey Vietnam Era Educational Center
Phone Contact: 1-800-648-VETS
Email contact: Lana@Vietnambabylift.org
Lana posted on APV(adoptive parents Viet Nam yahoogroup) that if you would like to write a short note of appreciation to President Ford to possibly be read at the event, please email it to Lana at firstname.lastname@example.org