‘Honor & Gratitude’ documentary featuring stories of Montgomery Vietnam vets to debut at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in Silver Spring

Honor & Gratitude: Chronicles of Montgomery County
Vietnam Veterans to debut on Wednesday, March 23
At Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center on its Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus, documentary will continue County’s
salute to veterans 40 Years after war’s end

Honor & Gratitude: Chronicles of Montgomery County Vietnam Veterans, a documentary that features seven Montgomery County residents telling their stories as veterans of the Vietnam War, will debut at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, in a special premier screening at the Cultural Arts Center on Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus. The premiere, which is free and open to the public, continues the County’s salute to its Vietnam veterans 40 years after the war concluded.

In October 2015, County Executive Ike Leggett, who is a Vietnam veteran, and the County Council joined the County’s PEG (Public/Education/Government) cable stations in hosting a salute to the County’s Vietnam veterans at an event at the Universities at Shady Grove that was attended by a capacity crowd of more than 800. It was the first major event the County had ever held to salute Vietnam veterans.

Limited seats remain for the screening of the documentary that was part of the project to honor the more than 13,000 Vietnam veterans who currently live in Montgomery County and the estimated 130-140 County residents who died in the 10-year conflict.

The Cultural Arts Center is located at 7995 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring. More information about the screening, including details on how to register to attend the event, can be found at https://honor-and-gratitude.eventbrite.com .

Following the 70-minute documentary, there will be a panel discussion, and question and answer session, featuring Vietnam veterans.

Honor & Gratitude: Chronicles of Montgomery County Vietnam Veterans was produced by two Emmy Award-winning members of the PEG organization. Dan Rankin of Montgomery College’s cable station MCTV is the producer/director and videographer/editor of the documentary. Barbara Grunbaum of County Cable Montgomery (CCM) was the co-producer and interviewer.

The documentary will soon be available on the County’s PEG stations including County Cable Montgomery (CCM), Montgomery Community Media (MCM), the Montgomery College station (MCTV), the Montgomery County Public Schools station (MCPS TV), the City of Rockville station (Rockville 11) and the City of Takoma Park station (Takoma Park City TV).

“The documentary features the narratives of a prisoner of war, a nurse, a Marine, two infantrymen, an air cavalryman and a boat operator. Some were drafted; some enlisted,” said Ms. Grunbaum. “Taken together, their stories paint a picture of this controversial war’s impact on those who fought on the front lines, as well as what they faced when they returned home.”

Bob Schieffer, the retired host of CBS News’ Face the Nation, was the host and guest speaker for the October Honor and Gratitude: Montgomery Salutes Vietnam Veterans event. That event featured a special salute to Everett Alvarez, Jr., Fred Cherry, Michael Cronin, Hubert Clifford Walker and Larry Stark, each of whom endured horrendous conditions as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. Each made their homes in Montgomery County after the war. The documentary includes the story of retired Navy Commander Alvarez, Jr., who was the first American aviator shot down over Vietnam and who was held prisoner for 8 ½ years.

The premiere of the documentary also will honor retired Air Force Colonel Cherry, a Silver Spring resident who passed away on March 29.

For more information, about the special ‘Honor and Gratitude’ event held in October, visit http://www.mocovietnamvets.org/ .

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HONORING FORMER POWs

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The Montgomery County Salutes Vietnam Veterans event on Oct. 24 at the Universities at Shady Grove included a rare reunion of the five former Vietnam prisoners of war who now live in the County. The capacity crowd of more than 800 gave a standing ovation to former POWs, left to right: Everett Alvarez, Jr., Fred Cherry, Mike Cronin, Cliff Walker and Larry Stark.

A COUNTY THAT HELPS VETERANS

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Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal talks about the many ways the County is working to help veterans at the Oct. 24 event “Montgomery County Salutes Vietnam Veterans” at the Universities at Shady Grove. More than 800 people attended the first significant event the County has ever held to honor Vietnam veterans since the war ended 40 years ago. Other speakers at the event included, from left: U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen; retired CBS newsman Bob Schieffer, who served as the event’s host; and County Executive Ike Leggett. (Photo by Jeff Zyontz).

SALUTING VIETNAM VETERANS

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Potomac resident Everett Alvarez, Jr., a former Navy pilot who was held as a prisoner of war for 8 ½ years after his plane was shot down in Vietnam, was one of five former POWs present as Montgomery County saluted its Vietnam veterans on Oct. 24 at the Universities at Shady Grove. More than 800 people attended the first significant event the County has ever held to honor Vietnam veterans since the war ended 40 years ago. U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen (middle) was among the speakers and retired CBS newsman Bob Schieffer (right) was the event’s host. (Photo by Jeff Zyontz).

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Eventbrite - Honor and Gratitude: Montgomery County Salutes Vietnam Veterans

From Bethesda Beat: For First Time, Montgomery County Will Honor Its Vietnam War Veterans

Veterans who live in the county include former pilot shot down in immediate aftermath of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident


Tom Murphy, now a Rockville attorney, during his time serving in Vietnam. Murphy will speak Saturday at an event to honor Vietnam veterans who live in Montgomery County
It’s estimated that between 130 and 140 Montgomery County residents were killed in the Vietnam War and that more than 13,000 Vietnam War veterans live in the county now.

On Saturday, for the first time since U.S. involvement in the war ended in 1975, county leaders and some of those veterans will gather to honor those who fought in the war in an event that was both welcomed and viewed suspiciously by some.“We wanted these people to know that we appreciate them,” said Neil Greenberger, a spokesperson for the Montgomery County Council and history buff who together with employees of county public access TV stations helped organize the event over the last year.“Some of the vets we contacted said, ‘No one’s ever thanked us before, why are you bothering now?’ Some people were grateful,” Greenberger said. “It’s been a really long time.”Tom Murphy, a Vietnam veteran who leads his own Rockville law firm and has served as the president of the Maryland and Montgomery County Bar Associations, said he agreed to speak at the event, “Honor and Gratitude: Montgomery County Salutes Vietnam Veterans,” because organizers promised it will be a celebration of those who served, as opposed to a memorial.Murphy, who in June 1969 was shot in the chest in a firefight near the Cambodian border, said the opposition to the war and the lack of recognition of war veterans that followed definitely took a toll.

“People didn’t want to hang out with you because you were a veteran. You were anonymous. It was just something you did and you put it aside and nobody talked about it,” Murphy said. “Just nobody talked about it for decades.” Read more…

5 former Vietnam POWs to attend as Montgomery County salutes Vietnam veterans on Sat., Oct. 24


Fred Cherry POW – Oct. 22, 1965 to Feb. 12, 1973

Hubert Walker POW – Jan. 14, 1968 to March 14, 1973

Larry Stark POW – Jan. 31, 1968 to March 5, 1973

Everett Alvarez, Jr. POW – 8 1/2 Years

Michael Cronin POW – Jan. 13, 1967 to March 4, 1973

Everett Alvarez, Jr., Fred Cherry, Michael Cronin,
Hubert Walker and Larry Stark Will Be Honored in
Rare Assembling of Those Who Were Imprisoned in War

Bob Schieffer, Recently Retired from CBS News, Will Host
Special ‘Honor and Gratitude’ Program in Rockville
Saluting Heroes Who Never Received the Proper Appreciation
When War in Southeast Asia Ended 40 Years Ago

Everett Alvarez, Jr., Fred Cherry, Michael Cronin, Hubert Clifford Walker and Larry Stark, each of whom endured horrendous conditions as a prisonersof war during the Vietnam War, but who emerged with a determination to return with “our personal integrity, our reputation and with our honor,” all will be present on Saturday, Oct. 24, as Montgomery County honors the men and women who served the nation during the Vietnam War. The event will take place at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, starting at 10:30 a.m. Read more…

Tom Murphy, Rockville Resident Awarded a Purple Heart in Vietnam and Who Ended Up Recovering in Walter Reed Army Hospital, to be Among Speakers as Montgomery County Honors Vietnam Veterans on Sat., Oct. 24


Tom Murphy 1969 Tay Ninh, Vietnam

Bob Schieffer, Recently Retired from CBS News, Will Host Special ‘Honor and Gratitude’ Program in Rockville  

Saluting Heroes Who Never Received the Proper Appreciation When War in Southeast Asia Ended 40 Years Ago

 Tom Murphy, a current Rockville attorney resident who was seriously wounded in Vietnam and ironically ended his long recovery in nearby Walter Reed Army Hospital, will be among the featured speakers on Saturday, Oct. 24, as Montgomery County honors the men and women who served the nation during the Vietnam War. The event will take place at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, starting at 10:30 a.m.Read more…

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Dustoff: Here is a story from Stars & Stripes about helicopter pilots in Vietnam. Former pilot Lamar Allen Jr. will be among the speakers on October 24 as Montgomery County salutes Vietnam Veterans

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The Nam Knights

The Nam Knights are mostly Vietnam veterans who ride their motorcycles to honor those who they served with in Vietnam. Dozens of Nam Knights are expected to ride together from Gaithersburg to the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville on the morning of Oct. 24 to greet the many veterans who will be attending the Montgomery County Salute to Vietnam Veterans.

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