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Wrangell Native dance group joins in 'welcome home' for Vietnam vets


March 25, 2021

Caleb Vierkant/ Wrangell Sentinel

Arthur Larsen (left) dances while Tom Gillen Sr. drums at the Johnson O'Malley dance group's practice last Friday. The Wrangell Native dance group will participate in a virtual event honoring Vietnam War veterans Monday.

Wrangell's Johnson O'Malley Native dance group will participate in a virtual "welcome home" event for Vietnam War veterans Monday, Vietnam Veterans Day.

The event starts at 10 a.m., with the Wrangell dance performance set for 1:54 p.m., according to the event organizers' precise schedule.

The group will be one of over 20 participating in the welcome home, said Willard Jackson Sr., one of the event organizers. The welcome home is being put together by the Southeast Intertribal Collective. Lu Knapp and Virginia Oliver, with the JOM dancers, said it's a long overdue welcome home for Vietnam ve...

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