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Virtual History Happy Hour: What Remains

Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 6:50 pm - 8:15 pm

Bringing America’s Missing Home from the Vietnam War

Registration is required. You will receive the link to the meeting via email once registered.

Every generation has known the uncertainties of war. Collective memorials, such as the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, testify to the many service members who never return, their fates still unresolved. For many families the Vietnam War remains unsettled. Nearly 1,600 Americans—and more than 300,000 Vietnamese—involved in the conflict are still unaccounted for.

In this history happy hour, local author and professor Sarah E. Wagner tells the stories of America’s missing service members and the families and communities that continue to search for them. From the scientists who work to identify the dead using bits of bone unearthed in Vietnamese jungles to the relatives who press government officials to find the remains of their loved ones, Wagner introduces us to the men and women who seek to bring the missing back home. Through their experiences she examines the ongoing toll of America’s most fraught war.

Sarah E. Wagner is Associate Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University. Her research focuses on post-conflict social repair and the use of forensic science to identify missing persons.

For this online program, attendees will be divided into small groups before and after the program so we can help foster a feeling of connectedness in spite of our physical distances. Click here to purchase a copy of Ms. Wagner’s book What Remains: Bringing America’s Missing Home from the Vietnam War.

Support local while you stay home! Treat yourself to happy hour drinks and snacks from Waredaca Brewing Company and Brew Belly Kitchen & Sudhaus. Each business is open for carryout and local delivery.

Happy hour snacks are included. History Happy Hours are sponsored by Therrien Waddell Construction Group.


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