The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Original Webcast Date:

March 8, 2018 at 11 am and 1 pm EST / 10 am and 12 noon CST

Middle School

US History

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Clips

Visiting the Memorial

Length: 10:19

Remembrance at the Memorial

Length: 08:06

Creating the Memorial

Length: 05:58


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.


Vietnam Learning Adventure Worksheet

Conducting an Oral History Interview with a Veteran
This printable sheet provides instructions and guidance for conducting an oral history. Students can use it as a guide to follow along with the live event; it is also useful for future oral history projects.

Wall of Faces

Help locate photos of Alabama veterans killed in the Vietnam War. View this list of Alabamians whose photos are missing and learn more about how to help.

Alabama Remembers Vietnam

View the growing collection of videos and stories from our Alabama Remembers Vietnam oral histories project.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Teaching Resources

    • History of the POW/MIA bracelets
    • History of the POQ/MIA Flag
    • The Three Servicement Statue
    • Vietnam Women's Memorial Statue
    • Teaching the Vietnam Era
      The Vietnam War is one of the most divisive moments in US history and because of this, many educators experience difficulty teaching it in their classrooms. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund provides teachers with robust education materials to help students learn about the lasting impact of the Vietnam War, while reinforcing history, civic engagement, writing, and other interdisciplinary skills.
    • Hometown Heroes Service Learning Project
      A major goal of the Hometown Heroes Service Learning Project is to collect photos and stories of those veterans whose names are on The Wall and those who returned home from the Vietnam War. Students will have an opportunity to learn about local veterans who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War, as well as other military conflicts in our nation's history. They will hear personal stories from veterans and their loved ones; and they will have an opportunity to plan a commemoration to honor their Hometown Heroes. Through this project, history will be given a human face.
    • How did the Vietnam War Change Our Country?
      Student Video Contest participants took this a million different directions. How have Americans changed the way they treat their nation's military men and women? Why is it now important to separate the war from the warrior? Has America become more careful about the decision to enter war since 1975? How has media coverage of war changed? View the winning video.

Auburn High School Veterans Project

Beginning in Spring 2014, Auburn High School students in AP US History began the Auburn High School Veterans Project. In the initial year of the project, 48 local veterans participated in the interview sessions.

PBS LearningMedia resources

APT / PBS resources

  • Jeremiah
    Alabama Public Television Documentary | Aired: 11/11/2015 | 56:46
    Jeremiah Denton battled the North Vietnamese for eight long years as a prisoner in the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison. Family, friends, and fellow POWs help tell the story of this American hero who returned from Vietnam and became a U.S. Senator from Alabama in this new APT original film.
  • Battlefield Vietnam
    timelines and web resources

Additional Resources


The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is made possible through the generous support of:

Alabama Humanities Foundation The Malone Family Foundation Troy University U.S. Space & Rocket Center Wells Fargo

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