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National Archives Explores Vietnam:  Lessons Learned and Lessons Ignored, November 16
Press Release · Thursday, November 9, 2017

Washington, DC

Remembering Vietnam exhibit opens November 10

The National Archives hosts a special program, Vietnam:  Lessons Learned and Lessons Ignored, on Thursday, November 16, at 7 p.m. This event is held in conjunction with the National Archives’ first-ever Vietnam War exhibit, Remembering Vietnam, that opens November 10.  It is free and open to the public, and will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.  The building is Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.

What lessons have we learned—and must we learn—from the Vietnam War? How does the war continue to reverberate in our politics today? A bipartisan group of former Members of Congress join experts on the Vietnam War to examine the tumultuous Vietnam era. Many of the issues that shaped our nation in the 1960s and 1970s still play a leading role in our national dialogue: race relations, culture wars, how we treat veterans, and the erosion of trust in government. CBS Radio News Political Analyst and American University Professor Leonard Steinhorn will moderate the panel. Panelists include Bronze Star and Purple Heart Recipient Harry Robinson III; and former members of Congress Jim Jones, Chuck Hagel, and Milton Robert Carr.  The program will stream live on YouTube. Presented in partnership with the U.S Association of Former Members of Congress.

For a full list of Remembering Vietnam Related events, see online. Registration details here.

Event highlights:

Special display of helicopters outside the National Archives building!
Now through Monday, November 13, at 5 p.m.

In partnership with the North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (who are the custodians of the aircraft), see and learn about three original Vietnam War-era aircrafts:
Bell AH-1 Cobra
Bell UH-1 Iroquois
Bell OH-58 Kiowa
Presented in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Bell Helicopter.  

Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories
Friday, November 10, at 2 p.m.
Vietnam veteran SGM Donna Lowery will discuss the participation of American military women (non-nurses) during the Vietnam War. This little-known group of an estimated 1,000 women from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force left its mark in Vietnam from 1962 to 1973. A book signing will follow the program, which will stream live on YouTube.

Helicopters in Vietnam
Friday, November 10, 4:30pm
In conjunction with this weekend’s display of Vietnam War-era helicopters on the National Archives grounds, we present a discussion program with members of the North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association. The program will stream live on YouTube.

35th Anniversary of The Wall
Saturday, November 11, 7pm
In partnership with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), we present a panel discussion about the history and legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, dedicated on November 13, 1982. The program will stream live on YouTube

“Remembering Vietnam” is presented in part by the Lawrence F. O’Brien Family, Pritzker Military Museum & Library, AARP, FedEx Corporation, and the National Archives Foundation.
Additional support provided by the Maris S. Cuneo Foundation, The Eliasberg Family Foundation, Inc., and HISTORYⓇ.
The Opening Weekend Celebration is presented in part by L3 Technologies, Inc. and Bell Helicopter.

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