Shared stories shed light on the horrors of Vietnam

Several weeks ago Minnesota leaders of Veterans for Peace began a conversation that continues to engage vets and concerned others in discussions of the power of stories to inform and engage storytellers and listeners alike. ( The discussion continues on Friday, June 5, with an evening of story circles focused on stories being intentionally left out of the current commemoration of the War in Vietnam.

The lively sharing of stories will be at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5, at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Avenue South. The evening will open with a couple of short stories, one told by Plymouth minister Gary Smith, about the 60’s involvement with Clergy and Laity Concerned. Gary Gilson, journalist, veteran, and former head of the Minnesota News Council, will tell a story and comment on the importance of not omitting parts of the narrative.

Later, small story circles will interact, with each participant deciding whether to share or listen to the stories of others. Planners say that “the intent is to surface and empower many people to tell the stories being left out of the massive PR effort shaped to lead people to conclude that what happened in Vietnam in the 60’s and early 60’s and early 70’s “was a wondrous thing.”

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