Journeys to Freedom: The Vietnamese Refugee Story

Journeys to Freedom is a 20-minute documentary that tells the stories of Vietnamese refugees who left Vietnam in overcrowded boats risking life and limb for freedom after the fall of Saigon. It is a tale of courage, of success and of gratitude for the American Veterans who fought for them, and in some cases, fought side-by-side with them. This is a film that every American should see, especially Vietnam Veterans who will better understand their legacy.

 Delco Film Festival 


About the Short Video Segments

These video modules are designed for easy viewing while visiting the Vietnamese Freedom and Heritage Monument at the Memorial. Three-minutes in length, the video series provides viewers with an awe-inspiring account of struggle and triumph as told by Refugees, now Citizens. Learn about the significance of the Vietnamese Heritage and Freedom Monument, and witness the inspiring bond between the Vietnamese people and American Vietnam Veterans. Their heart-felt appreciation comes from a place that none of us can imagine. Watch the videos in sequence or pick the ones you want to view.


Escape from VietnamSurvival: A Second ChancePower of the MonumentEternal Bond
Escape from VietnamA Second Chance New Life Power of The Monument Eternal Bond 



Education Outreach Program

The Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Education Outreach Program is offered to area schools to explain the history, relevance and meaning of the Memorial, as well make Memorial Day more meaningful to students and teachers. The curriculum-based program consists of two specially designed, in-school sessions offered by a PA certified teacher; with the third session providing a visit to the Front and Spruce Street site. Depending on availability, veterans, and especially Vietnam Vets are invited to meet with classes at the site to provide personal insight and histories of their military service.

In spring 2017, the following schools participated in the program: Philadelphia’s School of the Future High School, St. Laurentius School, Mother of Divine Grace School, Kensington High School, Alexander Adair Elementary School, and St. Mary’s Interparochial School. If your school would like to take part in the 2018 Memorial Day Program, please contact. Ms. Sandy Bukowski at 267-253-2965, or email Special visits to the Memorial can also be arranged at any time.