Frederick Downs, Jr., a Vietnam veteran, book author and retired national director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service, will give a lecture about his experiences in Vietnam. He will also reflect on the lessons that the Vietnam War can offer about America’s responsibility to its veterans and about America’s current global engagements.
A Q&A period will follow his remarks. The event is sponsored by the Alexandria Honors Program and the Alexandria Lyceum.
Downs is the author of three books: “The Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War,” “Aftermath: A Soldier’s Return from Vietnam” and “No Longer Enemies, Not Yet Friends: An American Solider Returns to Vietnam.”
Downs served with distinction in Vietnam as a combat platoon leader. He is the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with Valor, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and four Purple Hearts.
3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23
Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus, Bisdorf Building, Room AA-196, 5000 Dawes Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22311
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