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Lecture: Vietnam, Yesterday and Today


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Pikes Peak Regional History Lecture Series:
Vietnam, Yesterday and Today

Presented by Colonel Rodney Wells

How did the United States ever get so entangled with the Vietnam War? What caused us to send 58,000 of our youth to their deaths in a land thousands of miles away that had no resources, natural or otherwise, that were of economic value to us? What did we hope to gain or prevent from happening? Were there geopolitical imperatives that drove us to render ever-increasing payments in blood and treasure to make our power credible abroad? A generation found itself torn apart by conflicting ideals of patriotism. What role did political expediency and protest play in adding more angst to the maze of difficult decisions? Join Rod, who spent two years as an Air Force pilot in Southeast Asia, as he attempts, with the benefit of a half-century of hindsight, to examine what Vietnam calls today “The American War.” Rod will also present a short travelogue of his return to Vietnam this year showing how the country has rebounded from the devastation of war to a position of prosperity and reconciliation.

Reservations Required – Call (719) 385-5990 or visit www.cspm.org/event/vietnamlecture

$5 Suggested Donation, Free for Members