National Cemetery Administration
Veterans Legacy Program: Media
NCA is proud to support local filmmakers, storytellers, and students engaging with the stories of Veterans in their local national cemeteries. They may raise issues of local interest or even controversy. We hope this encourages all viewers to learn more about the Veterans and their circumstances. The views expressed by parties in the films are not those of NCA, but presented as part of the plurality of perspectives and views surrounding the life and service of American Veterans.
“Veterans Legacy Program, Memorial Day 2017”
“VA NCA Veterans Legacy Program Field Trip”
“Remembering Port Chicago”
A tragedy from World War II's home front: over 300 African-American sailors perished at Port Chicago. This film documents how they served and sacrificed for their country. Produced for NCA's Veterans Legacy Program by students and faculty from San Francisco State University.
This film memorializes the service of African-American sailors who, due to the policies of the then-segregated Navy, were not able to serve in combat, but performed a critical function for the war effort. The speakers in this film all present their own views. As documentarians, the filmmakers document what people have to say about the film's topic, whatever their views may be. NCA is pleased to encourage discussion of the impact of Veterans' service as a way to honor their memory. The Navy, like the nation, has changed significantly since the catastrophe at Port Chicago. The sailors who served there, and those who perished there, all contributed to the greatest war effort in American history. Their sacrifice and its aftermath is an important chapter in American history.
“Pride of the Buffalo Soldiers”
Over 400 Buffalo Soldiers are interred at San Francisco National Cemetery. This film tells their story: who they were and what the place is in the history of the American West. Produced for NCA's Veterans Legacy Program by students and faculty from San Francisco State University.
The African-Americans who volunteered for the "Buffalo Soldiers" (the 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalry Regiments) were living one of the greatest adventures of their day. While serving in the cavalry provided a new beginning in the West for thousands of African-Americans, far away from the post-Civil War South, they also encountered tough duty in several wars. These soldiers served honorably and with valor. Unfortunately, we do not know much about most Buffalo Soldiers, as they left little behind in terms of evidence for historians to document. But we know what some inspiring soldiers did in the face of the enemy and were recognized for it, and we know that the Buffalo Soldiers were respected by presidents and senior commanders, and feared by their foes. They continue to inspire today.
“Roaming Souls: The Buffalo Soldiers and the Apache”
Intended as a "part 2" to "Pride of the Buffalo Soldiers," this film details the history of one of the hardest-fought chapters of the Indian Wars, from both perspectives. Produced for NCA's Veterans Legacy Program by students and faculty from San Francisco State University.
Black Hills National Cemetery. Extensive resources developed by faculty and students at Black Hills State University, about Veterans interred at Black Hills National Cemetery, Hot Springs National Cemetery, Fort Meade National Cemetery, Lakota Freedom Veterans Cemetery, and Sicangu Akicita Owicahe Veterans Cemetery.