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The Wall: A Salute to the Vietnam Veterans, Britt Small & Festival

Item Number: 2825VI3523
 Moving Image
Digital Object Type
Moving Image
Physical Location
Stacks D147.1E
Copyright Statement
This item is copyrighted
Number of Media


  • 1992

General Note / OCR

In November, 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated amid great anger and frustration. The anger was calmed when a mysterious veteran, accompanied by a group of people in black jackets, walked through the crowd to the apex of The Wall, and began singing, while holding a Gold Star Mother in his arms. The veteran was Britt Small and the group was his band, FESTIVAL. This video begins with a flashback sequence of Britt walking along The Wall, remembering back to combat in Vietnam, the 1982 memorial dedication, and FESTIVAL, standing in the trees on the hill. This is the true story of a Vietnam veteran who meets a Gold Star Mother at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and walks with her along... "The Wall". Britt Small served as a paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate) in Vietnam in 1970, is a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal and is working to restore unity among veterans across America. The Gold Star Mother was Mrs. Beda Shafer, of Lima, Ohio, whose son served with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, and died in Vietnam.

Pub Credit Line
2825VI3523, James C. Smith Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 11 Sep 2017 [Updated: 15 Sep 2017]