GREEN BAY, Wis (WBAY) - It's a special tribute from the City of Green Bay to honor veterans set to embark on the historic Old Glory Honor Flight to Vietnam this weekend.
The city's bridges will be lit to honor those who served in Vietnam with the colors of the Vietnam Service Ribbon.
With a number of the veterans headed to Vietnam living in the Green Bay area, Old Glory board member Scott Delsart had the idea.
"I thought it would be a good way to show the support of the community for these vets who are going to be returning to Vietnam with us here in a few days," says Delsart.
All it took was a phone call to Green Bay Public Works Director Steve Grenier.
"I want to make sure that those folks who are being represented or being honored by the colors are given their proper due. So it'll be a wash across the bridge of a red, a green and a yellow," says Grenier.
Since last June, the city has used the new bridge lights to pay tribute to events of local, state or national significance.
Old Glory's "Return to Nam" was a no-brainer.
"Something like Old Glory Honor Flight, I don't think there's a whole lot of people who would dispute that's a cause worthy of us making sure that we light the bridges," says Grenier.
Friday night through Sunday night, the bridges will shine red, green and yellow, the colors representing all Vietnam veterans.
"We see it on their Harley jackets, we see it on bumper stickers on their vehicles, and it's a way to point out that they've served, and although maybe at the time their country wasn't as proud of what they did, we can identify them now and we can look to see those colors and give them a handshake and thank them for what they did because they were only doing their jobs," says Delsart.
Action 2 News has the honor of traveling with the veterans on their two week journey back to Vietnam.
We'll have exclusive "Return to Vietnam" reports every night on Action 2 News at 10:00, beginning this coming Monday night. Find all of our reports at https://www.wbay.com/honorflight