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The mounting of the ship Oct. 31, 2017


Ron Dwight preps the ship for paint. 


Peoria Arizona is the hometown of Light Horse Legacy. Enjoying a very cooperative and supportive relationship with the City has benefited the Veterans and families who live here. In 2015 we  hosted the reunion of the Crewmembers and Families of Huey 174 and presented Take Me Home Huey in her 1st public exhibition over Veterans Day 2015 concurrent with the City's Veterans Day activities.

The Veteran's Memorial at the time was an  eighty-eight foot long black granite wall that gave special recognition to the current five branches of the armed forces: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. The United States Great Seal is boldly represented on the first eight foot panel section along with the five service branches and a special tribute that states, “This memorial is dedicated by the city of Peoria to all of those who have served and are serving our country in the defense of freedom.”  In 2017 the Peoria Veteran's Council with the City of Peoria expanded and improved the Memorial into a new Plaza.

To give back to our community, LHL  restored a Viet Nam Veteran UH-1H Huey helicopter  that flew with the 176th AHC, 128th AHC,  240th AHC and the 20th Engineer Bdge from 1968 to 1972. The aircraft is on loan to LHL by Michael Roberti of American Patriot Helicopters and Karl Renz III who is the director of the Arizona Viet Nam Helicopter Museum. As part of the City's expansion of the Memorial grounds, 565 has been mounted atop a custom pedestal signifying the gracefulness of flight and offering a heartfelt WELCOME HOME to our Nation's Veteran's. To add life to the Memorial, the navigation, anti-collision and instrument lights come on beginnnig in the evening to complete the in flight realism of the Memorial. 

Light Horse Legacy's team of dedicated volunteers once again have showcased their talents in taking the ship from a mere shell of an aircraft back to her days in Viet Nam, thru careful reconstruction, replacing missing parts and painting her once again as a proud military aircraft. We thank Scott Hurst, Ron Dwight, Carl Long, Wilber Hartle, Jake Lucas and our other volunteers for the long hours spent on the restoration. 

The Memorial Wall can be seen  watched at Rio Vista Park 8866 W. Thunderbird Rd Peoria Az.

The dedication will be Nov. 11, 2017.