The Wall at 25

No one in my family ever served over in Vietnam.  No one ended up being quite that age when the draft was at it’s height and so no one ever went.  Not just in my immediate family, but in my extended family as a whole, no Vietnam veterans exist.  I worked with a couple of them and they ended up being some of the nicest people I’ve ever known, even though they looked as scary as could be.  I wasn’t even alive during those tumultuous years, so I can’t understand exactly what it was like.  Now there’s a new movie out which takes a look at what that would have been like.

Starting this November 11th, now available on DVD from Infinity Entertainment Group and Smithsonian Networks, comes the story of a disastrous and terrible war and the search to memorialize those Americans who died in that imperialistic struggle.  Remembering Vietnam – The Wall At 25 is ready to march into your living room and offer you an interesting view into the memorial to one of the most divisive wars fought in the last 100 years in America.  Bring home this monumental film today!

Starting in 1979, there was an idea to create a memorial to honor those who died fighting in Vietnam.  It was the idea of Vietnam veteran Jan Scruggs and the Yale undergraduate student who designed it was Maya Lin.  There were a great many struggles to get it made, but it finally was.  After being around for 25 years, this film takes a look back at the great impact this unassuming memorial has had on the American people.

The special features included in this DVD are surround sound and closed captioning.  It is disappointing that Smithsonian Network doesn’t include more bonus features, because I’m sure they would be incredible.

Everything that the Smithsonian Network puts out is just wonderful.  That’s very exciting to see, because a lot of the programming on other competitor networks (History, Discovery, et al.) has been lacking as of late.  This was a moving film, especially the parts where we see how important this memorial is to people who served or who lost someone there.  Just because we disagree as to why an American son was sent to die does not mean that we all equally regret that he was killed.  Seeing the history of this memorial, the fight to create it and the outpouring of emotion as it was completed, is a compelling reminded of the fact that, despite all our divisions, we are still one nation.

Take time out to Remember today.

This DVD is available at

Nathaniel Jonet

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