Milwaukee County War Memorial

WMC Sponsors MPTV’s Airing of Ken Burns Vietnam Documentary

The Vietnam War

The War Memorial Center is proud to be one of the local sponsors for the highly anticipated new Ken Burns and Lynn Novick film The Vietnam War. The 10-part television event begins Sunday night, Sept. 17 at 7:00 p.m. on Milwaukee PBS Channel 10.

On Sept. 7, we held a one-hour preview event at the WMC to an audience of more than 200 people. The filmmakers call the Vietnam War the most divisive time in American history, apart from the Civil War. While no portrayal of the Vietnam War will satisfy everyone, it is our hope at the War Memorial Center to be a place where stories can be preserved and all sides heard.

After the one-hour preview, we held a panel discussion with local Vietnam veterans, which you can watch that on our Facebook page.

Milwaukee PBS will also air a special called Mettle & Honor based on interviews from the WMC Veteran Story Project. Please tune in Monday, Sept. 18 at 8:30 p.m. for that special featuring the following local veterans:

  • Mike Grebe
  • George Banda
  • William Sims
  • Fernando Rodriguez
  • John Malan
  • Lupe Renteria
  • Sylvester Watson
  • John Koeppen
  • Janice Dahlke
  • Ruby Scheuing

About the Documentary


From PBS:

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.

Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. THE VIETNAM WAR features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from greatest artists of the era and haunting original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma.

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