WQED, a PBS member station in Pittsburgh, is hosting a free, one-hour screening and panel discussion of The Vietnam War. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 6th at 6:30pm at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum. This riveting series is a documentary created by the two highly regarded film directors, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

Ken Burns is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker who has made several famous documentaries, such as The Civil War; Baseball; Jazz; The Roosevelts; An Intimate History; The National Parks; and most recently, Defying The Nazis: The Sharps’ War. Lynn Novick is an American filmmaker who has collaborated with Ken Burns on a number of documentaries, including The War, Baseball: The Tenth Inning, and Prohibition.

Together, once again, the two have collaborated to create The Vietnam War, a documentary that will air on WQED starting September 17.

About The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War is a 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series that will begin airing on September 17, 2017. The documentary will tell the inspiring story of the Vietnam War. The work features the first-hand experiences of close to 80 witnesses, many who fought in the actual war and subsequently fought to end and oppose it.

Burns has said that the “The Vietnam War was a decade of agony that took the lives of more than 58,000 Americans. Not since the Civil War have we as a country been so torn apart. There wasn’t an American alive then who wasn’t affected in some way — from those who fought and sacrificed in the war, to families of service members and POWs, to those who protested the war in open conflict with their government and fellow citizens. More than 40 years after it ended, we can’t forget Vietnam, and we are still arguing about why it went wrong, who was to blame and whether it was all worth it.”

This documentary will take you through the perspectives of those who lived through and fought in the Vietnam War. The film will be nothing short of fantastic and an all-immersive trip into the world’s history. Please join us at this free screening to get a taste of the soon-to-be released documentary.

The Panel

The screening of The Vietnam War will take place on Wednesday, September 6th at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Oakland (4101 Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh). The event will begin at 6:30 pm. Rocky Bleier, a Vietnam veteran and former Pittsburgh Steelers running back, will be giving the opening remarks. Following will be a screening of the documentary. Later in the evening, Chris Moore, a Vietnam Veteran and WQED personality will lead a prestigious group of panelists.

The following is a list of the three panelists who will be participating:

Thanh Armgost – active member of Friends of Danang; member of Surgicorps International

Todd DePastino – founder and executive director of Veterans Breakfast Club; author of Bill Maudlin: A Life Up Front

Michael Flournoy – Vietnam veteran (serving in the army from 1962-1968); member of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Division and of the First Combat Aviation Brigade; retired readjustment therapist with the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare system

Parking Information

Paid parking will be available at Soldiers & Sailors’ parking garage. The doors to the event will open at 5:30 pm.

Ticket Information

EventCombo is proud to partner with WQED as their ticketing partner.  To register for this free event or for more information, please visit vietnamwqed.eventcombo.com