50th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
A variety of events will mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War through 2025 -- by PBS, the Pentagon, and by citizens groups.
One of the big events was the PBS 10-part, 18 hour documentary series “The Vietnam War” produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that aired in September (and is being rebroadcast through November). The series was a significant media and political event that drew national attention to the Vietnam War in a way we haven’t seen for decades.
Having viewed the series, there are major concerns about how the series portrays the role and impact of the anti-war movement, as well as the ultimate analysis of the war itself. There is nothing on the draft resistance movement. You can read a few of the critiques in our News and Blog section.
WHAT WE'RE DOING
Many PBS stations planned local public events, and many public libraries are as well. We encourage peace activists to take part and contribute personal experiences and perspectives to the national discussion to make sure the positive role and impact of the antiwar movement is accurately presented, and that critical perspectives on the cause and conduct of the war are heard.
Our film team worked with several California PBS stations to get draft resisters and antiwar activists on panels for local events by KQED in San Francisco, and KOCE in Los Angeles.
Learn more about the PBS series and what you can do from our partners at the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee, which our film adviser Steve Ladd is a member of.
VPCC is also organizing a major event in Washington, DC, on October 20-21 entitled From Protest to Resistance: On the 50th Anniversary of the March on the Pentagon. The event will present the full story and impact of the Peace Movement missing from the PBS Vietnam series. Our preview film clip will be shown there, and film adviser Robert Levering will be a presenter. Film producer Christopher Jones will also attend.