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Experience Vietnam Through The Eyes of Three Veterans in Words and Film

October 17, 2022 — Three military veterans who experienced the Vietnam War as young men share their stories in two powerful programs Nov. 2 and 10 in the Library Center auditorium. Offering alternatives to Hollywood’s “Rambo” and “Apocalypse Now,” the veterans strive to deliver a “more honest, balanced and nuanced history of that long and terrible conflict” on behalf of the victims and participants on both sides.

Also on display in the Library Center concourse through October: Faces from Vietnam: Photos by Larry Rottmann.

Don’t miss these free programs. Books will be available for purchase and signing, and DVD copies of the film will be available for purchase.

A Different Vietnam War: Three True Stories

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Vietnam War veterans Larry Rottmann and Mike O’Brien will share their personal experiences of service. Larry will also read from Nguyen Phan Que Mai’s 2020 novel "The Mountains Sing."  

"Voices from Vietnam"

Thursday, Nov. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Watch the award-winning film "Voices from Vietnam," not rated, featuring an original narrative by Vietnam War veteran Larry Rottmann and score by composer Ray Castrey that accompany dozens of first-hand photographs and film footage of Vietnam. A Q&A will follow the screening.  



Kathleen O'Dell
Community Relations Director
(417) 616-0564
Sarah Jane Rosendahl
(417) 616-0566

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