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Remembering Vietnam: Online Exhibit

Explore the 12 Critical Episodes of the “Remembering Vietnam” Exhibition

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INTRODUCTION: Twelve Critical Episodes in the Vietnam War

All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory.

Viet Thanh Nguyen

This exhibition presents both  iconic and recently discovered National Archives records related to 12 critical episodes in the Vietnam War. They trace the policies and decisions made by the architects of the conflict and help untangle why the United States became involved in Vietnam, why it went on so long, and why it was so divisive for American society.

It is important to answer these questions. The sacrifices made by veterans and their families, the magnitude of death and destruction, and the war’s  lasting effects require no less. Yet many only know the war through a handful of slogans, lyrics, and film scenes. “Remembering Vietnam” is a resource for refreshing our collective memory. Its collection of evidence provides an opportunity for new insight and greater understanding of one of the most consequential wars in American history.

Take a tour of the exhibit in Washington, DC

Watch the Animation: The Wars in Vietnam


Watch the Animation: The History of Foreign Occupations in Vietnam


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More from the Exhibition in Washington, DC

“Remembering Vietnam” is on exhibit in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery until January 6, 2019. Check out the gallery photos of the exhibit in Washington, DC and watch the exhibit teaser.