Press Release Headlines from eReleases Announces Invitation to President Ford Centennial Birthday Celebration and Operation Babylift Reunion

Non-profit organization brings together Original Flight Crew, Veterans and War Orphans to Celebrate and Honor Former President’s Efforts; Reunion Will Feature Panel of Actual Operation Babylift Participants and War Orphans

DANA POINT, Calif., April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, Torch 1975 Inc. (, a non-profit and non-partisan organization, announces the President Ford Centennial Birthday and Operation Babylift Reunion Celebration, to be held in Dana Point, Calif. from July 12-15, 2013.

“This year’s Operation Babylift reunion will have an additional impact because of the Centennial birthday of Gerald R. Ford,” says Torch1975 founder Jessica Nguyen. “We are honored to host such an amazing group of people. We have a fantastic gala planned for attendees around the Centennial birthday on Saturday evening, July 13th. We are already expecting International guests and members of the original crew of Operation Babylift (OBL). We are looking forward to reuniting people that haven’t seen each other since 1975. It will be an amazing event to remember!”

Keynote Speakers of the event include:

  • Ross Meador: Attorney, OBL Coordinator in Saigon in 1975
  • LeAnn Thieman: National Hall of Fame public speaker, OBL author – book “This Must Be My Brother,” OBL adoptive parent

The event will be kicked off on Saturday, July 13th at 10:00 am with a tribute to President Ford and reenactment of the events that took place on April 5, 1975. All events are open to the public and include a panel discussion from reunited veterans and refugees from Operation Babylift on Sunday, July 14 at the OC Sailing & Events Center.

Panel presentations include:

  • The C-5A Galaxy Incident: Discussion & Aftermath
  • The Journey to America & Beyond
  • Adoptee Babies & Parents: Challenges & Victories

The event will commence on Monday, July 15th,celebrating Gerald Ford’s favorite pastime: golf. The Gerald R. Ford Memorial Golf Tournament will take place from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm at San Juan Hills Golf Club in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

Torch 1975 is actively accepting corporate sponsorship for this year’s event. To get involved please contact Jessica Nguyen at email

You can learn more about event schedule and details here:

Guests can register for Gerald Ford Centennial Gala and Operation Babylift Reunion event by visiting

About Torch 1975 Inc.

Torch 1975 Inc. ( is a non-profit, non-partisan organization working to support and serve America’s Veterans. Based in Dana Point, Calif. – the mission of the organization is “ECHO”: Educate; Connect; Heal; and Optimize situations for Veterans dealing with Readjustment issues, Employment, Educational Assistance, Scholarships, and Family Planning. The organization was founded by Jessica Nguyen, a POW’s daughter, and was later joined by Colonel Joe Snyder – a retired Marine and former Mayor of Dana Point, Calif.

Torch 1975, Incorporated is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to supporting America’s Veterans. Torch 1975′s California entity license is C3399380, Federal EIN number is 45-4324829. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Jessica Nguyen
Founder of Torch 1975 Inc.