The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, also referred to as The Wall in Washington DC, was the first step
in welcoming home Vietnam Veterans.
Ron Harris, a North Carolina Vietnam Veteran, wrote a play called ETCHINGS IN STONE about The Wall.
Ron took the unique perspective of placing the audience inside of The Wall, with the ability
to see the Wall's visitors through the Wall and to hear what they have to say,
but also the ability to hear the visitors unspoken thoughts.
Snippets from the Play:
ABOUT THE PLAY
The play features about twenty one segments, or stories, of visitors to The Wall. Between segments there is a power point presentation that includes interesting facts and data about the Vietnam War and about The Wall. Also included in the power point presentation, is music from the era, video and still photos of the Vietnam War, including photos the men and women who fought it. There are interviews with veterans and songs about The Wall. The production is entertaining, and educational for the audience.
After all of America's wars, this country has welcomed home its Veterans with open arms. That is until the Korea War. Its veterans came home to indifference. When Vietnam war came along, the indifference turn to outright aggression against the returning veterans. Some returning veterans were spit upon, some were called baby killer, or other names. On top of the Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) that they may have suffered in the War, their homecoming added another layer of PTSD to their already stressful transition Into civilian life. In the beginning, the veteran felt that they were alone in their feelings. The Wall helped change that.
The Play, ETCHINGS IN STONE, is another step in helping Vietnam veterans feel that they are not alone in their transition back to a normal life. The play does this by addressing a number of Vietnam Veteran issues. Some of the issues of concern to Vietnam Veterans are as follows: Post traumatic stress disorder, Agent Orange, Friendly fire, Survivor guilt, Prisoner of War/missing in action, Amerasian issue, How the veterans were treated on their return to civilian life.
The Vietnam War not only affected the men and women who fought it. it had a profound effect on those who stayed home. Those affected were mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, wives and children, girlfriends and strangers. The play ETCHINGS IN STONE addresses this by having nearly half of the segments about these affected witnesses to the War in Vietnam. Ron's hope is that Veterans will realize that they are not alone in their feelings.
To contact Etchings In Stone, send email to: Ron@EtchingsInStone.org
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