Vietnam Veterans Memorial Learning Adventure (Archive)
Students come face-to-face with the Vietnam War when they meet veterans and visit The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The war is revealed through compelling stories grounded in the personal experiences of Alabama veterans and others who were touched by the Vietnam War. Our student reporters conduct interviews and visit the Memorial with a veteran and consider the lasting effects of the war.
Alabama Remembers Vietnam
- An oral history of the Vietnam era to inform and educate future generations about the war and the lessons learned from it, and most importantly, to remember the people who were part of it. View the stories of Alabamians present and past in this video series.
- Wall of Faces: In an effort to further preserve the legacy of those who sacrificed all in Vietnam, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is committed to finding a photo to go with each of the more than 58,000 names on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Help locate photos of Alabama veterans killed in the Vietnam War and view the list Alabamians whose photos are missing.
- Vietnam War Learning Resources: Browse this collection of resources from Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Auburn High School Veterans Project, PBS, and APT.
- All About the Holidays: Veterans Day
How are you recognizing Veterans Day with your class? Offer students an overview of the history of this holiday honoring those who have served.
- Ken Burns: Vietnam Collection
Prompt students to explore what it was like to live during one of the most controversial wars in American history with the following educational collection based on the documentary, The Vietnam War from directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.
- American Experience: Last Day in Vietnam
Help students explore the full breadth of the Vietnam War refugee experience with resources presenting the perspectives of people who lived through it.
- Vietnam War Stories
What was it like to be a soldier, nurse or newsperson in the Vietnam War? Or a civilian back home? The "Vietnam War Stories" collection offers students a look at one of the most turbulent periods in American history from the perspective of those who were there.
- Soldiers, Veterans and War: Vietnam
With the help of archival footage and personal, first-hand stories, offers students a deeper understanding of how the Vietnam War impacted day-to-day life for soldiers and others with the "Soldiers, Veterans & War in American Life" collection.
- It Was My Duty to Serve: Latinos & Vietnam
More than 80,000 Latinos fought in the Vietnam War, and nearly half a million fought in WW II. Explore the reasons why so many Latinos have enlisted in the armed forces before, during, and after the Vietnam War with the following video + educator guide.
- Vietnam: In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali famously declared that if he was drafted, he wouldn't fight in the Vietnam War. Students learn the reasons behind the heavyweight champion's anti-draft stance in this excerpt from "In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali."
- Facing It
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial evokes strong memories for many, including veteran and contemporary poet Yusef Komunyakaa. Help students examine his poem, "Facing It," which reveals what he feels when he experiences the wall.
- Nixon Tries to Make Peace
Offer students a snapshot of what life was like for supporters and protesters during the Vietnam War with this video featuring President Nixon's efforts to communicate his justification of war in the days following the Kent State shootings.