The Lake of the Ozarks Air Show will return to Camdenton in 2020, with aircraft spanning the decades and a unique focus on Vietnam War veterans. The 2020 Lake Air Show is set for Sept. 12, 2020, at the Camdenton Memorial-Lake Regional Airport.

Formerly an annual event, the Lake Air Show is now put on every other year, organized primarily by the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the City of Camdenton, Camdenton Memorial-Lake Regional Airport, and the Lake Convention & Visitor Bureau. The 2018 event brought an estimated 5,000 people, and Camdenton Chamber Director Trish Creach says she thinks this year’s show, with its special Vietnam Veteran focus, will bring even more.

The Vietnam Veteran focus will bring several new things to the show:

1. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall.

The wall will come to the Camdenton Airport, where the show will be held, the week of the show, and will remain throughout the weekend. The traveling memorial wall is a 3/5-scale version of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. It stands six feet tall at the center, and stretches nearly 300 feet from end to end. For more information, visit www.travelingwall.us

2. A Special Vietnam Veteran Pinning Ceremony.

Under President Obama, Congress authorized The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, a 50th-anniversary commemoration with the primary stated purpose of thanking and honoring U.S. Vietnam veterans. The program is established under the Department of Defense, and it works with regional partners to conduct special commemorative events, which include a pinning ceremony. For more information about the Commemorative Partner Program, visit www.vietnamwar50th.com/commemorative_partners/commemorative_partner_program

3. Vietnam-Era Aircraft (TBD)

Creach said organizers are working on making sure Vietnam-era aircraft are among the variety of jets and planes on display at the event. She said the popular B-25 Mitchell bomber (a WWII-era plane) will return, and organizers are still working on confirming other aircraft and lining up the schedule for the day.

“We honor all of our military, but this being a new program with the Department of Defense, we wanted to take the opportunity to honor our veterans of Vietnam,” Creach explained. The event is being dubbed Operation Welcome Home 2020, and Creach said the Chamber will work with Lake-area veterans organizations and retirement communities to make sure the word gets out, so as many Vietnam vets as possible can participate.

For more information about the Lake of the Ozarks Air Show, visit www.lakeoftheozarksairshow.com. For questions or sponsorship opportunities, contact the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce at 573-346-2227.

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