The Smithsonian-affiliated Senator John Heinz History Center will offer free admission to veterans and active duty military on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, in conjunction with “The Vietnam War: 1945-1975” exhibition.
Developed in partnership with the New-York Historical Society, “The Vietnam War: 1945-1975” uses powerful photography, fascinating artifacts and more than 20 audio/visual displays to tell the deeply personal stories of the men and women who were impacted by the war, from the home front to the front lines.
Visitors can peer into the cockpit of the exhibit’s largest and most iconic artifact – a UH-1H “Huey” helicopter with a 48-foot wingspan used by the U.S. Army from 1967-1970.
The exhibit also features a 22-foot-wide, 8-foot-tall replica of the Vietnam War Memorial that includes the names of 752 Americans killed during the war from eight counties in Western Pa. (Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland).
On May 27 at noon, the History Center will present a patriotic Memorial Day flag folding in the museum’s Great Hall.
Visitors can help unfold and refold a 36-foot American flag, participate in a moment of silence to honor those who have sacrificed their lives for our country and join in the singing of the national anthem.
This flag folding is part of the History Center’s America 101 initiative, a partnership with the Smithsonian to empower citizens to know and act on the promise of the country’s founders so they can write the next chapter of our democracy.
The Vietnam War exhibition will be on display through Sept. 22, 2019. For more information, visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org/vietnam.