Buzz Aldrin Salutes the American Flag on the Moon


From the Vietnam War to Woodstock, and Sesame Street to the moon, the events of 1969 shaped the soul of America.
A Watershed Year

1969 concluded one of the most iconic and turbulent decades in our nation's history. It was a year of seminal events that would eventually become ingrained in the heart and soul of America. From war to Woodstock, from Sesame Street to the moon- it was a year where events across the country shaped our culture.

It was a time when our nation was full of polarized ideologies, emotions, and reactions.  As a new president took office with a new foreign policy strategy, the Vietnam War was televised to living rooms across the country, inspiring a range of responses.

Journey back to 1969 to explore the events and stories of a watershed year.


Exhibition on View

Vietnam Memorial Gallery
Robert Abrams Building for Law and Justice
Monday - Friday 
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
May 8, 2019 through January 3, 2020



There are many additional stories and objects at the 1969 exhibition in the Vietnam Memorial Gallery.

Explore a limited selection of content below.

Explore the Exhibit

Oral Histories of the Vietnam War