Las Vegas Honors Vietnam Heroes on Veterans Day With Very Special ‘Operation Welcome Home’

Honorary Series of Events Celebrate and Give Thanks to American Military in Connection With Annual Aviation Nation Celebration – November 10-13, 2005

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — With American military personnel stationed all over the world, the city of Las Vegas is planning a very special series of celebrations to mark this year’s Veterans Day. As the nation remembers and honors the brave deeds and amazing accomplishments of veterans from all American wars, Las Vegas is planning an operation of its own, Operation Welcome Home. This year the city will be working with the U.S. Air Force’s Aviation Nation Air Show, the Mayor of Las Vegas, the Honorable Oscar B. Goodman, the Fremont Street Experience and Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD) to assure Vietnam Veterans receive their long-deserved welcome home.

The series of events taking place November 10th – 13th throughout the city will honor all veterans and provide a special thank you to those soldiers who served during Vietnam. This very special four-day national kickoff of Operation Welcome Home will be a year-long celebration to publicly honor and thank America’s 2.7 million military personnel who served during Vietnam. This initial round of celebrations will be the centerpiece of the annual Aviation Nation festivities sponsored by Las Vegas-headquartered Boyd Gaming during the Veteran’s Day weekend.

“There could be no better time or place for this Welcome Home party than in Las Vegas during our 2005 Centennial celebration,” said Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman. “Las Vegas is proud of our servicemen and women and equally proud of our veterans. We anticipate a 2005 Veterans Day parade and air show that will go down in the history books.”

Some of the events scheduled over the four-day kick-off will include:

The Moving Wall

In honor of courageous Vietnam veterans, Operation Welcome Home is putting a half-scale model of the Vietnam Memorial Wall located in Washington D.C. at Boyd Gaming’s Main Street Station property adjacent to the Fremont Street Experience from November 10th – 13th so that veterans, guests and the public may view the wall and pay respects to fallen servicemen and women.

Las Vegas Veterans Day Parade

On Friday, November 11th, Las Vegas will host one of the largest Veterans Day parades in America, which this year will include hundreds of Vietnam veterans attending from nearly every state in the United States marching with their former comrades. In all, more than 110 parade entries, floats, and more than 2,500 individuals are expected to participate.

Fremont Street Experience Patriot Party

To enhance the tribute, the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas is celebrating veterans with a free Patriot Party, which will take place under the 1,500-foot Viva Vision canopy that rises above Fremont Street. Scheduled headliners include Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals (Nov. 11) and the legendary ’70s rock band The Guess Who (Nov. 12). A special light show called “Above and Beyond,” will debut in honor of the veterans November 11th.

Aviation Nation, the Nellis Air Force Base-Las Vegas Centennial Air Show

Capping the festivities is Aviation Nation, the Nellis Air Force Base-Las Vegas Centennial Air Show, one of the largest and most entertaining air shows in America. On Saturday and Sunday, November 12th and 13th there will be jaw- dropping performances by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team and the wildly exciting Boyd Gaming-sponsored Las Vegas Air Racing wingtip-to- wingtip demonstration of the worlds fastest motorsport. The air show will also host an official Operation Welcome Home recognition ceremony with colorful Vietnam-era air and ground displays.

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About Aviation Nation

Aviation Nation 2005-the Nellis Air Force Base-Las Vegas Air Show occurs Nov. 12-13. Officially endorsed by Las Vegas through Las Vegas Events, Aviation Nation is the homecoming show of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration squadron. The Veterans Day weekend event is recognized as the Air Force’s premier air show and one of America’ most diverse and entertaining aviation events. Over 100 classic, historical and front-line military aircraft, including the F/A-22 Raptor and Vietnam-era aircraft, will fly and be on display this year. For the fourth consecutive year, top Aviation Nation supporter Boyd Gaming Corporation presents Las Vegas Air Racing-a demonstration of the world’s fastest motorsport. For more information, visit:

About Aviation Nation Foundation

This news is released by Aviation Nation Foundation, (ANF), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, non-Federal organization with the mission of promoting American airpower through support of annual air shows at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. ANF does not intend to imply official endorsement of the U.S. Air Force or any other government agency.

About the Fremont Street Experience

Fremont Street Experience is a public-private partnership formed in 1995 between the City of Las Vegas and The Fremont Street Experience Company, LLC & owned by a group of 10 downtown casino/hotels that underwrite operating expenses for the venue. Member properties include: Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel; Boyd Gaming (Fremont Hotel & Casino, California Hotel, Main Street Station Casino, Brewery & Hotel); Fitzgeralds Casino Hotel; Four Queens Hotel & Casino; Golden Gate Hotel & Casino; Golden Nugget Las Vegas; Lady Luck Hotel Casino (associate member); and TheVegas Club Hotel Casino.

About Boyd Gaming

Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD) is a leading diversified owner and operator of 18 gaming entertainment properties, plus one under development, located in Nevada, New Jersey, Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana and Louisiana. Boyd Gaming press releases are available at Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at

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