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Rocky Bleier to host preview of Ken Burns' 'Vietnam War' at Soldiers & Sailors

Mary Pickels
| Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, 12:42 p.m.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back and Vietnam veteran Rocky Bleier speaks during the CAHS Patriots' Veterans Day Program Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Pennsylvania National Guard Readiness Center in Connellsville Township.
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Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back and Vietnam veteran Rocky Bleier speaks during the CAHS Patriots' Veterans Day Program Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Pennsylvania National Guard Readiness Center in Connellsville Township.
Ken Burns waits backstage at the Latchis Theater's celebration of their recent renovations on October 19th in Brattleboro, VT.  Ken was there to speak about and show a segment from his upcoming documentary 'The Roosevelts: an Intimate History.'
Ken Burns waits backstage at the Latchis Theater's celebration of their recent renovations on October 19th in Brattleboro, VT. Ken was there to speak about and show a segment from his upcoming documentary 'The Roosevelts: an Intimate History.'
Marines marching in Danang. March 15, 1965.
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Marines marching in Danang. March 15, 1965.

WQED is offering a free public preview of the new Ken Burns and Lynn Novick 10-part documentary "The Vietnam War" on Sept. 6 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum , 4101 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

Vietnam veteran and former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rocky Bleier will give opening remarks at 6:30 p.m.

Ten years in the making, the series, which begins airing locally on Sept. 17, includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations, according to the WQED website.

The documentary features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from greatest artists of the era and haunting original music from Oscar winners Trent Reznor, a Mercer native, and Atticus Ross, as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma.

The screening will be followed at 8 p.m. by Vietnam veteran and WQED personality Chris Moore, who will moderate a panel discussion.

Panelists include:

• Thanh Armagost, active with Friends of Danang and a member of Surgicorps International

• Todd DePastino, founder and executive director of the Veterans Breakfast Club and the author of the award-winning "Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front," and five other books

• Michael Flournoy, a Vietnam veteran who served in the Army from 1962-68, was a member of the 101st and the 82nd Airborne Division and the First Combat Aviation Brigade, and is a retired readjustment therapist with the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System.

This screening is made possible through the support of UPMC and Bank of America, according to a WQED release.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required.

Details: eventcombo.com/e/vietnam-screening-28939

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

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