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Helicopter Turned Into Art Visits Ventura County As Memorial Day Tribute

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A dramatic artwork is helping to pay tribute to Vietnam veterans this Memorial Day weekend.

An artist had turned a Vietnam War vintage Huey helicopter into a giant mixed media sculpture. It’s a powerful artwork sitting on a lawn next to the entrance of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, a helicopter which has been painted with images reflecting the era.

Artist Steve Maloney created the art on the Huey, and says it’s a way to say welcome home to veterans who never really got a welcome The work is stirring power emotions for some of those who live through the Vietnam War era.

The work will be on display through Memorial Day at the Reagan Library.

A documentary about the project will be screened at 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. on Monday.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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