“THE WELCOME HOME I NEVER GOT”
This is the comment heard countless times over the years from Vietnam War Vets who saw Letters From The Front. Being Boomers, Producer Marsha Roberts and Writer/Director Robert Rector are part of the Vietnam War generation. Many of their friends served in that war. Some didn’t make it back.
Letters from Vietnam have always been an integral part of the show. Even though the current version takes place during WWII, it opens and closes during the late 60s with lead character Katharine Hartgrove composing a letter to her grandson who has just been deployed to Nam. It has always been important to Rector and Roberts that the Vietnam War connection was preserved. We are proud that Rector-Roberts Productions has been selected as a Vietnam War Commemorative Partner.
Within the military community, the first person to step up to bat for Letters From The Front was Col. Rick Kiernan who in the fall of 1990 was Chief of Command Information at the Pentagon. He was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at the time with Operation Desert Shield. “Col. K”, as he is known to his friends both inside and out of the Army, is a Vietnam War Vet. He compared Letters From The Front to a decompression chamber that allowed veterans from different wars to associate their own experiences with the experiences of others who served before them so hopefully they could put their feelings in a useful perspective. Another comment often heard from Vietnam War vets: “It had a real healing effect.”
Below are the Commemorative Objectives of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War which began on Memorial Day 2012 and will continue through November 11, 2025. During this time “a grateful nation thanks and honors our Vietnam War veterans for their service, valor and sacrifice.”
We hope that all Americans will join with Rector-Roberts Productions and all the other Vietnam War Commemorative Partners in paying tribute to the veterans of that war and especially to the 58,272 whose names are engraved on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. and the more than 1600 who are still MIA.