“Rivers have trajectory; they’ve got momentum. But a river – you can only see what’s on the surface. You can’t see what’s underneath. So rivers are a lot like Minnesotans,” storyteller Kevin Kling quipped at the 2018 Minnesota Remembers Vietnam event “Epilogue,” held on the stage at The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. “Because we’re really about what’s unspoken.”

Where do the hardened facts of trauma give way to story? Or, as Tim O’Brien wrote, what are the things we carry and the things we choose to leave behind?

Kling shares his story of how the war in southeast Asia isn’t history at all. It is still all around us. So sit back and do the most powerful thing you can: just listen.

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This story is part of the collection The Call to Serve: Stories of Sacrifice, War and the Way Home, which was funded by the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation.