PAST VBC TRIPS
VBC VIETNAM TOUR
February 5-19, 2020
In February, the Veterans Breakfast Club led a 14-day tour of Vietnam, from Hanoi and Halong Bay in the North to Saigon and the Mekong Delta in the South. Twenty of us traveled together, including six who served in country. We learned a lot about both the history of the Vietnam War and Vietnamese culture. We enjoyed delicious regional cuisine, met many warm and friendly people, and marveled at a vibrant economy that is one of the fastest growing in the world. Every day, we paused from our wonder of contemporary Vietnam to consider the past and remember those Americans who arrived here 50+ years ago and never returned. We came away with changed and different understandings of the country and the war.
National WWII Museum & History Tour in New Orleans
December 4-8, 2019
Last December, we traveled to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, where we stayed in the magnificent new Higgins Hotel on the museum grounds. A highlight was a Saturday night show with The Liberty Belles. After the show, our very own WWII D-Day veteran Warren Goss received kisses and a serenade of “The Army Goes Rolling Along”!
National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Columbus, OH and National Museum of the US Air Force, Dayton, OH
May 2-3, 2019
Our overnight trip to Ohio included a tour of the brand-new National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM) in Columbus. and the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton. The National Veterans Museum is the first museum dedicated to veterans’ voices and stories, and The Air Force Museum is the largest aviation museum in the world with over 360 aircraft and missiles on display.
VBC WWII Battlefield Tour of Europe
September 11-25, 2018
On our WWII Battlefield Tour of Europe, we followed the footsteps of the Band of Brothers, from Normandy to the Eagle’s Nest in the Bavarian Alps. Todd DePastino, Director of the Veterans Breakfast Club, served as the Historian on the trip, accompanied by local guides and experts all along the way. Highlights included exploring the landing beaches of Normandy, heading off for Holland to revisit Operation Market Garden, touring the ground of the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne, Belgium, and Luxembourg, and visitingHeidelberg, Stuttgart, and Munich were next, where we saw the model for Hitler’s Final Solution: Dachau concentration camp.
VBC VIETNAM TOUR
March 3-18, 2018
In March 2018, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive of 1968, the Veterans Breakfast Club led a 14-day tour of Vietnam, from Hanoi and Halong Bay in the North to Saigon and the Mekong Delta in the South. Seventeen of us traveled together, including seven veterans.
Vietnam VBC Tour 2018 – Highlights. Video director: Evan Mulgrave, Song: Oshóva – Chilling (Vlog No Copyright Music), Music promoted by Vlog, No Copyright Music.
Vietnam 2018, by Libbie DePastino. Song: Cool Blue by The Japanese House.