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7 powerful quotes about the impact of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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  The Vietnam Veterans Memorial stands as a fitting tribute to the men and women who sacrificed their lives during the Vietnam War. As of Memorial Day 2017, 58,318 names are inscribed in… Continue reading

U.S. Navy veteran who ‘left his heart and soul in Vietnam’ remembered as hero

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Written by Ann Friel Larry Dean Parr and his twin sister, Linda Parr Lawton were born on August 4, 1947 in Charleston, Missouri to Willis and Muriel Parr.  Larry graduated from high school in… Continue reading

War, Grief, Healing: The Wall That Heals tells the story of Vietnam

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Compiled and written by Jason Bain, Senior Collections Curator and Ashley Barnes, Assistant Collections Curator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection.   The Wall That Heals, VVMF’s half-scale Wall replica and mobile Education Center, has… Continue reading

Soldier sends poem to his mom months before his death: ‘My heart is home with you’

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They say there is nothing like a mother’s love. The saying was true for U.S. Army Pfc. Larry G. Manuel. Manuel served in the 4th Infantry Division in South Vietnam. Manuel made the… Continue reading

Bernie Friel: Quiet Man and Humble Hero

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Written by Ann Friel     Prelude This is the story of someone I have known and loved for most of my life, my little brother, Bernie. A very proud Marine, Sergeant Bernard… Continue reading

35 Songs about the Vietnam Era

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Throughout history, music has covered an array of subjects, such as war and peace. There are songs that are more broadly patriotic and songs that highlight critical problems in our country. During the Vietnam War,… Continue reading

Five service members accounted for from Vietnam War now have statuses changed on The Wall

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Beside each name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a symbol designating status. The diamond symbol denotes a service member’s death is confirmed. The cross represents a service member remains missing. When a… Continue reading

Three names added to The Wall in 2017

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Each spring, VVMF works with the Department of Defense (DOD) to ensure that The Wall is accurate. When MIAs are recovered in Vietnam or when an appeal has been approved for addition to… Continue reading

Q&A with Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick about ‘The Vietnam War’

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The 2017 Memorial Day Observance at The Wall is set for May 29, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The keynote speakers for the ceremony are filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Burns and Novick worked… Continue reading

35 Movies about the Vietnam War and Era

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War has always impacted society and culture. The Vietnam War, one of the most divisive moments in US history, was no exception. More than 50 years since the Vietnam Era, its legacy and history continues… Continue reading