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