The Cherokee American Legion will be hosting a guest speaker at the American Legion Hall located in the Kountry Klass Mall in the former Webster School Building on West Cedar Street at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
The speaker for the evening will be Ralph Swain. Swain will be talking about his recent trip back to Vietnam. Swain is the chair for the Humanities Division at Western Iowa Tech Community College and spent 10 days visiting Vietnam.
This trip marked the first time he'd been back to that country since serving a year-long tour of duty in and around Saigon for the U.S. Army in 1969 to 1970.
It is Swain's hope to share the amazing stories of how people are surviving in a country that still shows the marks of war. Swain also hopes to raise awareness that clean-up efforts from bombs and other remnants of the war are ongoing.