No. 014-00 
IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             March 8, 2000                           (202) 628-2700 Ext. 158 


Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is pleased to announce its co-participation in one of the largest gatherings of acclaimed writers, historians and film makers on the Vietnam War at a symposium to be held on the campus of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., April 6 – 8, 2000.

The symposium, Rendezvous With War: Veterans, Correspondents, Historians and Film Makers Reflect on the Vietnam War 25 Years After, will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the end of the controversial conflict which became America’s longest and most divisive war since the Civil War.

Free and open to the public, the symposium is sponsored jointly by the College of William and Mary and VVA and will offer eyewitness accounts of what happened during the war from America’s first casualty in 1953 to the fall of Saigon and Phnom Penh in 1975.

"The symposium participants are either veterans or correspondents who saw plenty of combat," said George Duggins, VVA national president. "They know what really happened. They were there."

Timothy Sullivan, president of the college, is also a Vietnam veteran. Sullivan will co-host the symposium which will feature a series of nine panel discussions. The panel members will revisit the war from the earliest American involvement, interests to the buildup of a half-million troops, and eventual withdrawal.

Speakers will explain how reporters covered the war, why the war held a grip on every occupant of the White House from Eisenhower to Nixon, and the rationale behind such controversial tactics as B-52 raids, the use of Agent Orange, and the secret Phoenix program.

All panels and the Vietnam War Film Festival are open to the media. Photographic and video opportunity assistance will be made available along with a schedule of events and list of panel participants by contacting the College of William and Mary at (757) 221-1236, or Mokie Pratt Porter at (202) 628-2700 ext. 146. For more information, click on "Meetings and Special Events" for complete details and updates.

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