It all began when Heritage Park (Forest City, Iowa) wanted to build a new entrance gate that would honor veterans in its appearance. A Huey helicopter silhouette as a wind vane was developed for the main gate and is still there today.
Heritage Park then hosted “Operation LZ –Welcome Home” in 2015. Nearly 4000 Vietnam vets and families were honored and thanked for their service in Operation LZ –Welcome Home. Needless to say this event was long overdue and an overwhelming success.
Out of Operation LZ –Welcome Home Riley Lewis, a veteran who lost two friends in Vietnam and who helped organize Operation LZ, saw an opportunity to honor individual veterans with a scaled down version of the silhouette as a memorial on gravesites, yard art, or wall décor. While volunteering at a Heritage park event Riley and Michael (Navy 76) connected on this concept. Riley brings the ideas and Michael the business and fulfillment.
Work continued on the concept using a Marine veteran attorney who provided the legal expertise to form the company.
Numerous models were drafted and tested followed up with samples produced in two local fabrication plants. Local plants which include more veterans will produce and paint the silhouettes.
A portion of each sale is donated to Veteran related charities or programs.