Crossing the Divide: The Texas Panhandle Vietnam War Project
The Wall That Heals Visited Amarillo
Supporters of The Wall that Heals’ Amarillo visit are The Mary E. Bivins Foundation, WETA – Washington D.C., CNS Pantex, Happy State Bank, Xcel Energy, and Mary Emeny. Volunteers from CNS Pantex and Xcel Energy are installing and deinstalling The Wall, respectively.
For information on Crossing the Divide and The Wall That Heals, visit PanhandleRemembers.org or call Panhandle PBS at 806-371-5479.
THE VIETNAM WAR from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Crossing the Divide: The Texas Panhandle Vietnam War Project is a community-wide effort to explore, learn from, and come together around the topic of the Vietnam War.
It centers around the premiere of THE VIETNAM WAR from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick - an epic 10 part documentary series which can be streamed in its entirety on streaming devices as well as loaned from the Amarillo Public Library.
Project activities take place across the Texas Panhandle through December, 2017, with numerous partners lending guidance and leading a variety of activities including story collection efforts, resource development for educators, art and historical exhibitions, local productions, panel discussions, lectures, music concerts, film screenings, and more.
Take part. Watch, learn, volunteer, support. Join us as we explore the Vietnam War and strive to understand, honor, and heal, right here in the Texas Panhandle.
Navy veteran Hanke Dompe served on the USS Midway, an aircraft carrier, in the Gulf of Tonkin from 1965 to 1968. Only recently did he gather the courage he needed to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. He talks about his experience with Karen Welch.
Myron Peterson recalls conditions in Vietnam the day he arrived in August of 1968. He was a 19-year-old Army infantryman.
Pampa resident Richard “Rick” Dunn forged his parents’ signatures so he could join the U.S. Army and arrived in Vietnam in 1967 for the first of two tours. Dunn gives his account of a firefight that turned into hand-to-hand combat when his group ran out of ammunition. Several died.
More local stories coming soon.
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum | Nov. 11
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum's collections span a multitude of time periods and subjects, including the topic of the Vietnam War. For Crossing the Divide: The Texas Panhandle Vietnam War Project the Museum will host an Armistice Day program on Veterans' Day - Saturday, November 11th. Honoring WWI, the program welcomes all Veterans and is free of charge and open to the public.
Texas Panhandle War Memorial and Education Center | Nov. 11
The Texas Panhandle War Memorial and Education Center will host a Veterans Day ceremony on Saturday, November 11th at 11:00am at Randall County Veterans Park, 4101 South Georgia Street, Amarillo Texas. The public is welcome to help honor these people those that have given so much for our nation. For more information contact Fred Rangel at 806-674-0495.
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The Mary E. Bivins Foundation
Happy State Bank
National support for THE VIETNAM WAR is provided by:
Bank of America; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; PBS; David H. Koch; Blavatnik Family Foundation; Park Foundation; The ArthurVining Davis Foundations; The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; The Pew Charitable Trusts; Ford Foundation Just Films; Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and Members of The Better Angels Society: Jonathan & Jeannie Lavine, Diane & Hal Brierley, Amy & David Abrams, John & Catherine Debs, Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, The Montrone Family, Lynda & Stewart Resnick, The Golkin Family Foundation, The Lynch Foundation, The Roger & Rosemary Enrico Foundation, Richard S. & Donna L. Strong Foundation, Bonnie & Tom McCloskey, Barbara K. & Cyrus B. Sweet III, and The Lavender Butterfly Fund.