The Howard County Vietnam Veterans Organization was established in 1981. The organization’s sole purpose at the time was to raise funds for a Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Howard County. With the support of a lot of good people in Kokomo and Howard County Indiana and the approval of city and county officials, the funds were raised and the memorial was built on the downtown square.
After that enormous project was completed, the officers and members were trying to decide what project the organization could do next. Someone said half jokingly, “Let's have a hog roast for Vietnam Veterans." Everybody agreed and that was the beginning of the now famous Annual Vietnam Veterans Reunion held for the last 36 years. The reunion is the oldest annual Vietnam Veterans Reunion in the country. The organization owns 40 acres 8 miles east of Kokomo on State Road 26. The nickname for the property is the "Healing Fields." This year's event will be held from Sept. 13-15. Visit hcvvo.net.