Last Days in Vietnam: Preview Event and Community Conversation
Preview the national PBS documentary Last Days in Vietnam. (Airs April 28 starting at 8 p.m. on WCNY)
Date: April 25
Time: 9 a.m.
415 W. Fayette St.
Syracuse, NY 13204
Cost: Free and open to the community
Clips from the national documentary will featured, and the audience is invited to share memories and personal stories about America’s last days in Vietnam. The clips will be in English with Vietnamese subtitles and a Vietnamese translator will be present to facilitate conversation. Light refreshments will be served.
About the documentary:
In April of 1975, the North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling. Approximately 5,000 Americans remained with roughly 24 hours to get out. Their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends faced certain imprisonment and possible death if they remained behind, yet there was no official evacuation plan in place. Still, over the last days in Vietnam, with the clock ticking and the city under fire, 135,000 South Vietnamese managed to escape with help from a number of heroic Americans who took matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many people as possible.