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How Does America Remember The Vietnam War?

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Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Vietnam War is one of the most contentious foreign conflicts in U.S. history, dominating the American consciousness in the 1960s and early 70s.

The war was fought between Communist-backed North Vietnam and the U.S.-backed South Vietnam, as an extension of the Cold War. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 3.4 million U.S. troops served in Vietnam and 58,220 were killed.

It's been more than 40 years since the U.S. withdrew troops and South Vietnam's defeat finally ended the war.

How does the world remember the years-long conflict and the soldiers who lost their lives? How are veterans and the fallen recognized and memorialized, nationally and locally?


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Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.