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 as make Memorial Day and Veterans Day more meaningful to students and school personnel. The curriculum-based program incorporates using the website; previewing informational videos (“Warrior Stories” and “Journeys to Freedom: The Vietnamese Refugee Story”);as well as a guided tour of the Memorial amphitheater.Every effort is made to invite local Veterans to join the groups to share his/her military history. Bus transportation can be provided.

It is recommended that prior to visiting the site at Front & Spruce Streets, the students familiarize themselves with the monuments that have been placed at the Memorial; as well as ‘putting a face to a name’ concept. A curriculum guide is provided for classroom use.

The program has been part of the Memorial’s education outreach since 2015; and is facilitated by a PA certified teacher; with state-mandated clearances.

The following schools have participated: Philadelphia High School of the Future, Kensington High School, A. Adaire School, St. Mary’s Inter-parochial School, St. Laurentius School, Mother of Divine Grace School, St. Katharine of Siena School, and St. Francis Xavier School.

If you would like your school or group to participate; or need additional information, please contact Mrs. Sandy Bukowski via