A Minnesota PBS Initiative

About the Initiative

The Vietnam War defined a generation. It changed the lives of people who fought in it and who fought against it.
It’s time to remember, honor and understand.


In conjunction with the Fall 2017 broadcast of THE VIETNAM WAR – the 18-hour documentary series by filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick – the MN PBS stations launched Minnesota Remembers Vietnam, an initiative to inspire Minnesotans to share stories, recognize bravery, express reasons for dissent, and foster understanding around the lasting impact of war.

The cornerstone of this initiative is the Minnesota Remembers Vietnam Story Wall, made possible by people who’ve generously shared their stories. From Worthington to St. Paul to the Iron Range and everywhere in between, Minnesota is home to a generation that experienced the Vietnam War firsthand. And we remember.

We remember humid jungles, heart-wrenching knocks on doors, the nightly news, the music… We remember each of the 365 days in ‘Nam and the moment we arrived back in “The World.” We remember the protest against a war that divided a nation, and harrowing escapes to a foreign world called Minnesota.

What do you remember?



In addition to regional story gathering for the digital Story Wall, each MN PBS station has undertaken unique strategies – original production, outreach, events, and educational efforts, and more – to support the initiative. Click on the stations below to learn more about our individual efforts in this truly statewide endeavor.


We are grateful to the following funders for their generous support.


Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment | Mark & Mary Davis Foundation | K.A.H.R. Foundation
Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation | Ameriprise Financial
The Hognander Foundation | Benton Telecommunications Foundation
The Dick and Joyce McFarland Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation | WETA
Betsy and Frank Russomanno | Kathleen A. Stack


Vision Maker Media


Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs & The Commander’s Task Force | AARP – Twin Cities | Medica
Hmong Village Shopping Center | AK Equity Group, LLC | Hmong Home Health Care, Inc. | JB Vang Partners
Minnesota Hmong Chamber of Commerce | United Hmong Family, Inc.
And the Minnesota Hmong Community


We thank the following community organizations for linking arms with us to help build deeper understanding about the lasting impact of the Vietnam War.


1st Marines
Air America Association
American Legion
Center for Asian Pacific Minnesotans
Center for Hmong Studies at Concordia University
Charles Lindbergh House and Museum
City of Bloomington
Commander’s Task Force
History Day – Minnesota
HomeFront Resource Center
Immigrant Stories – University of Minnesota
Macalester College
Metropolitan Library Service Agency
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
Minnesota Humanities Center
Minnesota Historical Society
Minnesota History Theatre
Minnesota Hmong Community
Minnesota Military Museum
Minnesota Military Radio
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Minors, Inc.
Military Action Group
Northwestern Health Sciences
Saint Louis County Historical Society
The SEAD Project
SGU Veterans and Families of USA Inc.
St. Cloud Great River Regional Library
Stillwater Public Library
The Telling Project
University of Minnesota
Vietnam Veterans of America
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

and our Minnesota Remembers Vietnam Advisory Task Force


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