POW Week at the Nixon Library
A sheriff-led motorcade will escort Vietnam POWs to the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California at 12:30PM PT. Their arrival at the Library coincides with the 40th anniversary of President Nixon’s POW homecoming dinner at the White House.
An All-American Homecoming is a new exhibit at the Nixon Library about the POWs visit to the White House. The event occurred on May 24, 1973, and it remains the largest dinner ever held at the White House. This week, the Nixon Foundation is hosting a series of events to celebrate the POWs.
Tomorrow evening, on the anniversary of the original White House homecoming, the Foundation will hold a reunion dinner for the POWs in the Nixon Library’s “East Room.” The original menu will be recreated, including American comfort foods like sirloin steak and potatoes.
Learn more about POW Week at the Nixon Library through the Nixon Foundation.
Photo: Entertainers sing “God Bless America” to the returned POW troops at the White House. From L-R: Phyllis Diller, Former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley, actress Joey Heatherton, President Nixon, Songwriter Irving Berlin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Pat Nixon and Comedian Bob Hope. 5/24/73.
On August 12, 1943, Irving Berlin’s hit production, This is the Army, premiered in Washington, DC at Warner’s Earle Theater.
“Crowds gather for the Washington, D.C., premiere of the film This Is the Army at Warner’s Earle Theater in Washington, D.C., on August 12, 1943. ” NARA, 111-SC-178981
“This Is The Army,” Irving Berlin’s Broadway hit, with an all-soldier cast, is making $40,000 a week for Army Relief. Don’t let them fool you, boys. They’re chorus “gals,” but tough as mule meat., 1942