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News from the Rockland Rotarians, veterans (Nov. 4)

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Ed Frank, Rockland VVA president and co-organizer of the humanitarian tour of Vietnam that my father and I are joining later this week, sent me some news about the group’s activities yesterday. (Scroll down to read his Nov. 2 and 3 dispatches, posted yesterday.)

The group is visiting the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone and the Khe Sanh battlefield today. Here’s a picture of some of the travelers standing on the red clay of the battlefield last year; Ed is holding Jack Corbett’s West Dickens Avenue, which tells of the 1968 siege there.

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Click here to read Ed’s news from Sunday and check back for more updates from this group of Rotarians, veterans and family members.

Sunday, Nov. 4: Breakfast was served on the 8th Floor of the hotel with a fantastic view of the port city of Hiaphong. Even though it was Sunday, the motorcycle traffic and blaring horns were going full steam by 7 a.m. The motorcycle activity is unimaginable and you really have to be viewing it in person to appreciate the chaos that exists. There is this never ending wave of humanity that traverse the streets without any mishaps as all. No road rage even though there is great cause by Western standards for such to happen. Having finished breakfast while viewing the entire city, it was then off to do some local site seeing at the largest city pagoda.

We then visited the flower market in Haiphong where the colorful arrangements and thousands of flowers decorated the market. It was then time to say goodbye to Haiphong, and we returned to Hanoi to see the Water Puppet Show before our evening flight to the Imperial City of Hue. (The show is a must see to experience the local traditions and lore of the Vietnamese. It was a very interesting 45 minute presentation and a very innovative art form.)

A quick tour of the open market just a few blocks away revealed a maze of vendors selling vegetables, live fish, live or fresh killed rabbits, chickens, turtles and a whole host of eastern delicacies that include westerners local house pets,too. It is sensory overload at times due to the constant activities on the street.

Caught a 7:30 p.m. flight from Hanoi to Phu Bai airport located on the outskirts of Hue City. It’s off to Khe Sanh battlefield, the DMZ and a wheelchair presentation at a local medical facility. The pace so far is furious. So much to do and so little time. Will keep you posted.

This entry was posted on Monday, November 5th, 2007 at 6:55 am by Nicole Neroulias. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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One Response to “News from the Rockland Rotarians, veterans (Nov. 4)”

  1. John Dippel

    I’d like to get in touch with you when you return to see about collaboration in Vietnam in the future. Our organization recruits teachers of English for positions at universities and colleges in Vietnam. I’ll be visiting in December. Good work you’re doing!

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"Return to Vietnam" chronicles the journey of Col. Andonios Neroulias USA (Ret.) of Briarcliff Manor, NY, joined by his daughter, staff writer Nicole Neroulias, to the country he fought in 40 years ago. They are traveling with Vietnam veterans and Rotarians from Rockland County and other parts of the country. Check this blog for daily posts, photos, recordings and slideshows about their experiences.
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Nicole and Andonios Neroulias

Nicole Neroulias grew up in Briarcliff Manor, NY, and graduated from Cornell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has covered religion and city news in Cyprus, Connecticut and California, where she earned several fellowships and prizes, including a national Religion Newswriters Association award. She joined The Journal News in early 2007 and also teaches journalism at Columbia.

Col. Andonios Neroulias emigrated from Greece in 1956 and was commissioned an officer through the ROTC program of the City College of NY. From 1967-68, he served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry (Tropic Lightning) Division, whose main base was in Cu Chi, known for its intricate Viet Cong tunnels. Among his military awards are the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He is retired from the U.S. Army Reserve and lives in Briarcliff Manor, NY.
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