Bank of America hosts The Vietnam War premiere events to encourage dialogue and understanding

Bank of America recently hosted two premiere events – in Washington, D.C., and New York City – to celebrate the release of The Vietnam War, the landmark PBS documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

Members of government, the business community, academia, and employees, including many who are military veterans, gathered to watch clips from the film and hear panel discussions focused on the ways in which the series can spark productive conversations and greater understanding about the era.

The Washington panel discussion included co-directors Burns and Lynn Novick, Senator John McCain, 68th Secretary of State John Kerry and 24th Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. The discussion was moderated by ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz. Following the conversation, Bank of America Chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan introduced The Lumineers, who performed a rousing cover of Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” The song is part of a series of covers and videos called “Echoes of Vietnam” that Bank of America is sponsoring in partnership with Spotify. In honor of The Lumineers’ participation in the initiative, the bank made a philanthropic investment to the USO.

At the New York City event, Terry Laughlin, Bank of America’s Head of Global Wealth and Investment Management, kicked off the evening leading in to the film screening. The clips were followed by a personal and heart-felt panel discussion moderated by ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff, featuring Burns and Novick; Dr. Roger Harris, a Vietnam veteran interviewed in The Vietnam War; David Hume Kennerly, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist; and Phan Quang Tue, a South Vietnamese refugee and retired judge also interviewed in the film.

To help recap the events are videos below, including discussion highlights with John McCain, John Kerry and Chuck Hagel.

Ken Burns discusses his and Lynn Novick’s hope for fostering new and open dialogue

Senator John McCain discusses the importance of The Vietnam War film

68th Secretary of State John Kerry shares why we should be open to discussing the Vietnam War

24th Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel discusses how the film could have a global impact

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Former Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel; The Vietnam War co-director Lynn Novick; Sen. John McCain; The Vietnam War co-director Ken Burns; Anne Finucane and Brian Moynihan of Bank of America; and former Sec. of State John Kerry at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

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Former Sec. of State John Kerry; The Vietnam War co-director Ken Burns; Sen. John McCain; co-director Lynn Novick; and former Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel on stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

The Lumineers performing on stage

The Lumineers performing “Subterranean Homesick Blues” on stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

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