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WUCF TV’s ONE Central Florida marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War

Posted by Jennifer Cook on

April 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of the official end to the Vietnam war.  On Thursday’s ONE Central Florida, learn more about the 167 Central Floridians who lost their lives while fighting for their country.  One of those is 18-year-old Marine Corporal Larry Smedley, who’s name can be seen on roadside memorial signs across Central Florida.  Corporal Smedley was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the only Central Florida veteran to receive the country’s highest military honor.  ONE will take you inside the museum that bears his name.

 “It brings back sad memories. Maybe when I'm with myself in a museum,” said Vietnam Veteran, Gene Haran. “But around folks and everything it's like a catharsis. It brings back fond memories of my service and now I can honestly say I was proud of my service; proud that I volunteered, proud that I went over there.”

Then, head down to St. Cloud to the Reptile World Serpentarium.  The facility is not only a tourist attraction, but also aids in the research of snake venom.

One weekend each month the Florida Peace Makers gather for some challenging and unusual socializing.  ONE gives you an inside look into cowboy mounted shooting.

Finally, hidden away in a state park in Flagler Beach explore mysterious ruins of a cultural artifact that dates back to the 19th century.  ONE digs into the history of the Bulow Plantation.

ONE Central Florida air Thursday at 8:00 p.m. on WUCF TV.

You can catch up on old episodes of ONE on the website (http://www.wucftv.org/one).