National Archives Foundation Announces Honorary Committee to Support “Remembering Vietnam” Exhibit

U.S. Soldiers in Vietnam.
U.S. Soldiers in Vietnam.

The National Archives Foundation today announced an honorary committee to support the National Archives’ new exhibition, Remembering Vietnam: Twelve Critical Episodes in the Vietnam War, opening November 10, 2017. The National Archives Foundation is a proud Commemorative Partner of the U.S. Vietnam War Commemoration.

“More than 50 years after the United States committed combat troops to the war in Vietnam, critical questions remain in the American public’s mind today about the war. Our national rollout of the Remembering Vietnam initiative is a chance to elevate this discussion, engage new audiences, and honor those who served. We are grateful to the distinguished leaders who have endorsed our efforts as members of our Honorary Committee,” said Patrick Madden, executive director for the National Archives Foundation.

U.S. Senator and Honorary Committee Member John McCain said, “The greatest honor of my life was to serve in the company of heroes during the Vietnam War. That’s why I’m so proud to join the National Archives Foundation’sRemembering Vietnam Honorary Committee to recognize the brave men and women who served during that conflict, and share their stories for future generations of Americans.”

U.S. Senator and Honorary Committee Member Tammy Duckworth said, “The National Archives Foundation’s Remembering Vietnam initiative will play a critical role in giving voice to the Vietnam experience for all Americans to understand an important period of our history. I work every day to honor the brave men and women who risked their lives to defend our nation, including those who served during the Vietnam War, and this initiative will help highlight the sacrifice of that generation’s Veterans and the debt we owe them.”

Honorary Committee Member Ken Burns added, “The Vietnam War changed and shaped my generation more than almost any other event. So much of who we are today as Americans comes from what we learned during that time – both in foreign and domestic policy. I’m proud to join the National Archives Foundation in helping to preserve and tell that story.”

An award-winning filmmaker, Burns – also a member of the National Archives Foundation board – will premiere a ten-part, PBS documentary film on the Vietnam War, also drawing on the holdings of the National Archives, just weeks before the exhibition opens.

In the first major exhibition on the war in the Archives’ history, Remembering Vietnam uses original National Archives documents, artifacts, and film footage to explore the policies and decisions that initiated and then escalated American economic and military aid to South Vietnam. Interviews with veterans, journalists, members of the peace movement, Vietnamese civilians, and leading Vietnam War historians provide first-person testimony and analysis of the events.

To support this historic exhibit, the Foundation assembled an honorary committee of government leaders, distinguished military, and renowned historians, including:



Senator Bill Cassidy

Senator Max Cleland

Representative Paul Cook

Senator Tom Cotton

Senator Joe Donnelly

Senator Tammy Duckworth

Representative Tulsi Gabbard

Representative Kay Granger

The Honorable Chuck Hagel

Representative Sam Johnson

Senator Bob Kerrey

Senator John McCain

Senator Bill Nelson

The Honorable Colin L. Powell

Senator Larry Pressler

Senator Jack Reed

The Honorable Tom Ridge

Senator Charles S. Robb

The Honorable Eric K. Shinseki

Senator Dan Sullivan


Maj Elizabeth Allen, PhD, RN, ANC, Ret

CDR Everett Alvarez, Jr., USN, Ret

Lt Gen Dana Atkins, USAF, Ret

Gen Charles G. Boyd, USAF, Ret

MG Patrick Henry Brady, USA, Ret

CPT David A. Christian, USA, Ret

1LT Diane Carlson Evans, RN, ANC, Ret

ADM Thomas B. Fargo, USN, Ret

Col Wesley L. Fox, USMC, Ret

COL Stuart A. Herrington, USA, Ret

MG James T. Jackson, USA, Ret

Gen James L. Jones, USMC, Ret

Gen William “Buck” Kernan, USA, Ret

LTG Claude M. Kicklighter, USA, Ret

SGT Maj Donna A. Lowery, USA, Ret

Gen Barry McCaffrey, USA, Ret

LTG Harold “Hal” Moore, Jr., USA (In Memoriam)

Gen Richard B. Myers, USAF, Ret

ADM Robert J. Natter, USN, Ret

Capt J. Charles Plumb, USN, Ret

LTC Jennifer N. Pritzker, USA, Ret

Gen Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret

LTC James H. Willbanks, PhD, USA, Ret

Gen Tony Zinni, USMC, Ret


Michael Beschloss

Ken Burns

Joseph L. Galloway

Dr. Ronald Spector

Mark Updegrove

Partner Organizations

Air Force Association

Association of the United States Army

Marine Corps Reserve Association

Military Officers Association of America

National Defense Industrial Association

National League of POW/MIA Families

Rolling Thunder® Inc. National

UDT-SEAL Association

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

Vietnam Veterans of America

Remembering Vietnam is free and open to the public, and will be on display in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, through January 6, 2019. Presented in part by the Lawrence F. O’Brien Family, Pritzker Military Museum & Library, AARP, FedEx Corporation, and the National Archives Foundation. Additional support provided by the Maris S. Cuneo Foundation, The Eliasberg Family Foundation, Inc., and HISTORYⓇ.

The Remembering Vietnam initiative developed by the National Archives is composed of not only the exhibition presented at its iconic home in Washington, D.C., but also a two-year traveling exhibition of Vietnam War photography, a virtual reality exhibition tour, public programs and document exhibits at Presidential Libraries around the country, honor flights for Vietnam Veterans to visit the Washington, DC exhibition, an online web presence for the initiative, education materials for teachers and students, and special events for veterans, military families and the public.