many Americans, Vietnamese, and others, the war in Vietnam was the
defining event of their lives. It was a conflict that divided families
and brought violence both to Vietnam and the United States. Whether
in uniform or not, everyone who lived through this period had a Vietnam
its cultural and military importance, after more than 30 years, there
is no national venue dedicated to examining the legacy of the Vietnam
War. The time has come to examine and understand this most divisive
period in our history, to allow for reflection, resolution, and healing.
whatever vantage point one takes, on whichever side of the issues one
stands, America's involvement in the Vietnam War must be seen as one
of the most important events in recent history. The goal of The National
Vietnam War Museum will be to present an unbiased and balanced view of the
events and participants of the Vietnam Era, and to allow visitors to
form their own opinions based on facts.
war in Vietnam was one of many flags (see flags at right). The National
Vietnam War Museum will explore the varied impact on our allies, their
peoples and their countries' futures.
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