Preview: 'The Vietnam War'

Ken Burns' documentary and panel discussion at Bellows Falls Opera House, The Square, Bellows Falls,Sept. 7 . at 7 p.m. Free. Registration at Rockingham Library, Westminster St., or at door prior.

Prior to its release on PBS stations nationwide, Ken Burns' "The Vietnam War" documentary film will be shown on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Bellows Falls Opera House (7 on the Square.) This free screening is made possible thanks to a collaboration between Vermont PBS, Rockingham Free Public Library, and the Bellows Falls Opera House. While the entire documentary spans 18 hours, this one-hour preview, assembled by the film's editors, covers all 10 episodes.

Following the film, Vermont PBS's Community Engagement Director, Chuck Pizer will facilitate a panel discussion. Panel members will include:

Smokey Aumand, Commander of the local Bellows Falls American Legion and Army(1971-1974)NSA Security Agency veteran, who now works in the special education department of the Fall Mountain Regional school district and coaches high school sports.

Susan Hammond, Director of The War Legacies Project ( which helps children in Southeast Asia with disabilities caused by unexploded ordnance or from birth defects as the result of exposure to Agent Orange. Susan is the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran.

Aaron Phillips, US Marine and Executive Director of The Warrior Connection ( who runs a nationwide retreat program for male and female veterans and military spouses in southern VT focused on PTSD and MST recovery.

John Tracy, State Director of Senator Patrick Leahy's Vermont office and a Vietnam Veteran (

While this event is free and open to the public, Vermont PBS asks that people reserve (free) tickets via its website, or by calling 802-662-0087. This will help Vermont PBS better understand demand and plan accordingly. There will also be walk-up registration at the Bellows Falls Opera House just before the film.

For more information, go to, email, call 802.463.4270, or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls..


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