Every Fourth of July, Americans take pause to recognize the selflessness and sacrifice of those who have put their life on the line for their country. Countless servicemen and servicewomen from Milwaukee have fought and given everything to uphold America’s independence, including a Bay View-born Air Force captain named Lance Peter Sijan.
Half a century after his death in a North Vietnamese prison camp following horrific injuries, unimaginable hardship, and unspeakable torture, Sijan’s name and heroics are still as remarkable and important as they were in 1968. For those who knew the Medal...
The text below is an excerpt from Lee Matz's June 29th article in the Milwaukee Independent. Click here to read the full article.
Bay View’s Avalon Theater hosted a private showing of the film “Sijan: A Quest for Freedom” on June 26, which featured the experiences, life, and courageous example of the Medal of Honor recipient as told through the memories of his family, friends, and fellow Vietnam Prisoners of War.
The premiere of the “Sijan” documentary was attended by several hundred guests, who all shared a special connection to the 25 year old Bay View native, Captain Lance Peter...
January 22, 2018, marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Air Force fighter pilot and Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Lance P. Sijan. who died at the Hòa Lò camp in Hanoi, Vietnam, where he had been a prisoner of war.
The 50th anniversary of his death was commemorated by a number of special events at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where Sijan graduated in 1965. Among them was a taps ceremony held at 2300 hours on Monday, January 22 to commemorate the time of Sijan’s passing.
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There was a wealth of media coverage of the May 26th dedication of the Lance P. Sijan Memorial Plaza at General Mitchell International Airport. Please explore the links below to learn more about the event.
Fellow POWS honor their fallen brother at Sijan plaza dedication
Photo Essay: An Example Of Courage Installed At Mitchell Airport
Click here for multiple items related to the dedication including video and an image gallery.
WTMJ Cares: Lance Sijan memorial dedication
For a video of the dedication ceremony, click here.
The Vietnam War ended. A changed nation coped with what it had done to us as a country as well as to those who served. For a Bay View family that lost a son and brother, it meant dealing with the hard truth about his death and turning that into a positive force. Wisconsin's Morning News host Gene Mueller is heading up our latest WTMJ Cares effort to honor Medal of Honor recipient Lance Sijan.
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The heartiest of "thank you's" for honoring one of the greatest of heroes
"It's never easy asking for money, but when the cause is right the lift isn't quite as hard. So it went with our latest WTMJ Cares effort to raise $30,000 for the Lance Sijan memorial to be dedicated Friday outside the main entrance to Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport. That's a lot of money, and it'll be used to pay off the finishing touches to this one-of-a-kind display featuring an F-4 jet just like the one Captain Sijan was in the night he had to eject into the jungles of Laos. There are plaques, displays...