Balancing History and Legacy: Working on the Vietnam War Commemoration
Mark Franklin, United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration
In 2008, the Department of Defense was authorized by Congress to “conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.” A divisive war when it occurred decades ago, efforts to remember the war still attract controversy. Patricia Limerick, faculty director and chair of the board at the Center of the American West engages Col. Mark Franklin (Ret.), chief, History and Legacy at the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration in a conversation about the challenges of bridging the gap between academic and public history. A question and answer period to follow.