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Welcome back everybody well it's been forty years it's a historic Vietnam POW dinner was held at the White House.
Well times have changed -- the spirit of those soldiers who survived capture.
Is still strong now that spirit on full display in California.
As 200 of those.
People reunited Friday to trade stories and commemorate the fortieth anniversary of an event.
They say they will never forget.
-- want to -- has more from the Nixon presidential library.
-- may be a bit thicker and -- -- a bit thinner but forty years can't take away from the love.
These brave Vietnam POWs have for each other and their country.
A reunion -- -- Nixon library museum for a historic dinner and a special exhibit of those days for decades ago.
This is -- here in the -- To me -- flag.
Aviators Jack -- Brian ward were each shot down over Vietnam and held captive in Hanoi until -- in early 1973.
-- return home along with other American POWs.
Symbolize the end of the war.
We represented the only tangible victories coming out of Vietnam and me in the eyes of the American people I was in table.
It was entertainer Sammy Davis juniors idea to have a big celebration.
He certainly the president said you know we ought to have a big party for them so it would be nice if you can have all the -- -- into the White House dinner.
With nearly thirteen hundred guessed it was the largest ever White House dinner a huge tent covered the South Lawn.
Bob Hope was master of ceremonies.
John Wayne spoke be heroes also or give an unusual access inside the house.
One of -- said we -- -- this is a story I don't know who opened the door.
And it was president Nixon's study.
And he was sitting behind the desk and we walked -- and oh my god and he said you know.
-- abortion that's all right I'll be down -- and that you just go right ahead and you know we're just.
Sheikh who might -- we walked in on the president you know.
For many the highlight of the evening was the singing of god bless America led by the man who wrote the tune Irving Berlin.
My wife talks about that this this -- issues standard just tears phone on her face.
This just she talks about that as well that's not always gets me when they were playing football games yeah yeah.
I tell you that -- Okay.
And emotions were full Friday night today.
Everyone appreciated hearing from president Nixon's daughter Tricia.
And keynote speaker Ross Perot who long before running for president led the way in fighting for the POWs.
Ultimately the POW chorus who originally sang in the prisons -- Hanoi.
And then the White House -- a special performance.
You're going to California -- much events.
That's an amazing and touching story.
Many of those soldiers spent years in captivity in honor of their service and sacrifice -- exhibit featuring the original Vietnam POW dinner will be on display.
After Nixon presidential Library and Museum.
Through Labor Day.
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