Montgomery College Television (MCTV) will present the world premiere screening of its video documentary Honor and Gratitude: Chronicles of Montgomery County Vietnam Veterans on March 23 in the Cultural Arts Center on the College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. The program will begin with a reception at 1 p.m., followed by a screening of Honor and Gratitude at 2 p.m. Immediately following the screening, veterans featured in the documentary will participate in a panel discussion.

The documentary was produced by Emmy-award winning directors Dan Rankin (MCTV) and Barbara Grunbaum (County Cable Montgomery). The 70-minute film tells the stories of seven military veterans from Montgomery County, including a prison of war, who served in Vietnam.

“Many Vietnam War veterans have not shared their experiences. Not only because they witnessed unimaginable things, but also because returning home was difficult. Many were not supported or were disrespected and some of those emotions still remain,” Rankin said. “We worked very closely with these veterans to make sure their stories were told accurately and in ways in which they felt comfortable and respected.”

Approximately 13,000 Vietnam veterans live in Montgomery County. An estimated 130 to 140 Montgomery County residents lost their lives in the war.

Scheduled to attend are: Steve Campanella, infantryman, Rockville resident; Ricky Black, Army Air Cavalry, Silver Spring resident, Bill Gray, Army infantry, Silver Spring resident; Jane McCarthy, Army nurse, Olney resident; Wayne Miller, Marine, Silver Spring resident; and Mike Walsh, Army boat operator, Germantown resident.

The event is free however reservations are required.

The Cultural Arts Center is located at 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910. For maps and parking information, click here. For disability-related accommodations, please contact Betty Francis at (240) 567-4326.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.

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