'Debt of Honor' to be screened


MANCHESTER >> On Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hunter Community Room at the Manchester Community Library, Vermont PBS and MCL will present "Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History," a documentary film by six-time Emmy Award-winning director Ric Burns.

"Debt of Honor" examines the way in which the American government and society as a whole have regarded disabled veterans throughout history, beginning in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War and continuing through today's conflicts in the Middle East. The film combines personal stories, told by distinguished disabled veterans, with deep history narrated by leading scholars in the fields of disability studies, history and psychology to illustrate the human cost of war and the enormous sacrifices of military service. These sacrifices are brought to life through hundreds of carefully curated still images and archival footage from across the country.

A panel of local veterans, disabled while in service to our country, will briefly share their stories and participate in a post-film discussion.

"The goal of this film is to try to understand the realities and challenges that disabled veterans have faced throughout history and continue to face today," says Burns. "There is a real necessity to bridge the gap between civilians and those who have served in the military. It is our hope that the film will encourage a candid discussion in communities across the country, and create understanding and awareness of the sacrifices involved in military service."

The program is free and open to all, with a special invitation extended to military personnel, veterans, and their families.

Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. For more information, contact the library at 802-362-2607 or email events@mclvt.org.


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