To Heal a Nation - Film Guide


Developed by Lindy Poling, “Lessons of Vietnam” Teacher, Millbrook High School, Raleigh, NC

  1. Who is Jan Scruggs?
  2. How did Mr. Scruggs get the idea to build a memorial?
  3. What is the difference between a memorial and a monument?
  4. Who were Mr. Scruggs’ partners?
  5. How was money raised for the project?
  6. Which two prominent U.S. Senators originally supported this project?
  7. Describe the design competition for the Memorial:
  8. Who is Maya Lin?
  9. What was the initial reaction to Ms. Lin’s design?
  10. Why/ how did the Memorial project almost collapse?
  11. Who is General George B. Price?
  12. When was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated?           Please describe the ceremony:
  13. What does “The Wall” symbolize to many Vietnam Veterans?  To others?
  14. If you could ask Mr. Scruggs one question, what would it be?

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