Leavenworth High School

LHS Stella to Host Dear America, Letters Home from Vietnam

Dear America, Letters Home from Vietnam is a script based on a compilation of letters from nurses and soldiers who served during the Vietnam conflict. Adapted for the stage by Leslie Coats, Director of Theatre at Paola High School, the play focuses on the scope of letters that explained what the writers experienced during their time in Vietnam.

It is the honor of the cast and crew to invite the families, friends, and those who served, to share their letters. Mrs. Morgan, Director of Theatre at Leavenworth High School, hopes that individuals would be willing to share a copy of their letters with the community. These will be displayed on the walls of the lobby of the Leavenworth High School Performing Arts Center for audience members and students at the school to read, honoring all branches of military and all times periods in American history.

Additionally, if community members wish their loved one who did not return home to be placed on our dedication list in the program for the show, they simply need to contact Mrs. Morgan.

For more information contact Jennifer Morgan, Director of Theatre via email Morgan@usd453.org . Copies of letters can be sent to Mrs. Morgan, Leavenworth High School Theatre, 2012 10th Ave, Leavenworth, KS 66048-4207.

An exciting outgrowth of the request for letters came at the invitation of the VA Domiciliary, for several members of the cast of Dear America, Letters Home from Vietnam, to attend a special salute to local Veterans during the National Salute to Veterans Event. The purpose of the National Salute to Veteran Patients Program is to pay tribute and express appreciation to Veterans, increase community awareness of the role of the VA Medical Center, and encourage citizens to volunteer and visit hospitalized Veterans.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam conflict. LHS students attended the recognition event in order that they may meet with and listen to stories straight from the heart of those Veterans who lived out the role in which the students will portray during the play. It was an amazing and powerful experience for all students. Thanks to all who served and allowed us our many freedoms. Thanks, also, to the VA for allowing our attendance at the special event today!