"NO event in American HISTORY is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now."
The Vietnam War was fought between North Vietnam, supported by its communist allies, and South Vietnam, backed by the U.S., from November 1, 1955 until April 30, 1975. North Vietnam wanted to unite Vietnam under one Communist government, since it had previously been a French colony. The Anti-Communist government of South Vietnam resisted this and fought the North Vietnamese army with the help of the U.S. The U.S.'s involvement in this Cold War era conflict was part of the U.S.'s larger goal of "containment"—preventing the spread of Communism. The U.S.'s involvement in the Vietnam War is a highly controversial topic. Thousands of Americans were forced to fight and lost their lives. Some Americans believe it was the duty of the nation to defend other nations from the threat of Communism. Others believe it was not the U.S.'s place to get involved and that it was a costly mistake. Regardless of the numerous points of view, there is no arguing the significant place it holds in U.S. history or its impact on American society. It remains a very controversial topic that continues to affect political and military decisions today.
ITS TIME FOR OUR NATION TO RISE-UP AND ACKNOWLEDGE OUR VIETNAM VETERANS
Now is the time for our CITIZENS to step up and acknowledge all that our Vietnam veterans have done for this country. We, as a nation, have, through the sacrifice of our veterans and military members, incurred a solemn obligation to support them in every way possible now and into the future. We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that ultimate sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble but forgotten war. We must embrace the heroes of Vietnam; their dedication and sacrifice must never be forgotten and the promises made to this nation’s heroes must be fully and faithfully honored.
ABOUT THE WAR WITHOUT HEROES INITIATIVE
The War Without Heroes Initiative, a program of The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation, vindicates the timeless principles of peace and justice in the world by raising awareness of the selfless courage all Vietnam war veterans exercised when they were called to duty, in hopes that future generations will recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War and to never forget their sacrifices or those who were left behind.
Our momentous programs back to Veteran will be used:
- To provide veterans of Vietnam with the opportunity to revisit their past fields of battle, thereby gaining closure and putting to rest some of the memories they have wrestled with for decades;
- To provide the essential tools to help encourage and promote peace and reconciliation by connecting Allied soldiers with former NVA soldiers and local citizens through various educational initiatives developed by the Foundation;
- To educate youth and future generations about the meaning of duty, honor and sacrifice, as was defined and defended by these veteran’s many decades ago;
- To provide a platform for veterans to share their stories which will serve to accomplish goals 1, 2 and 3 that will help bridge the intergenerational gap throughout the world to honor and remember the 58,220 Americans that paid the ultimate sacrifice.
OUR EXCLUSIVE PARTNERS -
The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation wishes to acknowledge our proud partners GREAT CLIPS, THE WINNICK FOUNDATION, CROWN FAMILY PHILANTHROPIES for championing the our new initiative to honor Vietnam veterans. As a united ‘brand’, we also want to thank BRIGGS & RILEY, ADP, STARKART, HYATT CORPORATION and AMERICAN AIRLINES for their support of our new program supporting Vietnam War veterans. Together, we will pay tribute to those who sacrificed dearly for their country and for freedom. They should know that the gratitude we all share, should be bestowed upon them and their generation’s sacrifices, while also documenting their legacies so future generations may better know how their love of country changed the course of humanity.