My Lai 50th Anniversary Vigil
March 16, 2018 - Lafayette Square, Washington, DC
Earl Martin, Mennonite who was in Quang Ngai for 5 years
Organizer Terry Provance of VPCC
DC Labor Chorus
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Video Clips from My Lai, Vietnam
Commemoration on the 50th Anniversary
Attended by VPCC Members
My Lai Ceremony
Short clip of the ceremony in My Lai, Vietnam, before a crowd of 1,000 people, including Veterans for Peace and the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee from the U.S. who took part in Vietnam’s 50th anniversary observance of the 1968 massacre of civilians by U.S. troops.
A brief but moving clip of the wonderful guide concluding a tour at the ditch where US soldiers dumped the bodies of 170 of the 500 civilians they killed on March 16, 1968. Her mother survived by lying still under the bodies of others on that day. She is now the director of the My Lai museum located on the site of the massacre in Vietnam. (Thanks to Rick Hind)
My Lai Massacre
50th Anniversary Events - March 15-18, 2018
ABOUT MY LAI
One of the most painful moments of the US war in Viet Nam was the deliberate murder in My Lai on March 16,1968, of 504 innocent civilians, including women, children and grandparents.More would have died but for the heroic intervention of a US helicopter crew led by Hugh Thompson. The Pentagon tried to hide the massacre story until exposed more than a year later by Ron Ridenhour and Seymour Hersh. Only Lt. William Calley was ultimately held responsible by court martial, but he was pardoned by President Nixon. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Lai_MassacreThe 50th anniversary of the My Lai massacre is an appropriate time not only to honor the victims and those who challenged that infamous event, but also to bring to light less known or still unknown atrocities. It is an occasion for our nation to acknowledge the millions of deaths of innocent civilians during the war in Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos and to take responsibility for the ongoing humanitarian legacies.
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VIGIL TO COMMEMORATE MY LAI
Friday, March 16, 12-1:30 PM
Lafayette Square across from the White House
Join us March 16 or organize your own local vigil.Download printable PDF event flyer >
View event program handout >View bios of event speakers >Religious services held March 16-18 are encouraged to include attention to My Lai. Download our 30 page My Lai Worship Resource.
Among the goals of the vigil are:
Please join us to make sure that the lessons and legacies of the war in Viet Nam are learned, resolved and applied to similar current conflicts.
My Lai Vigil Press Advisory
Suggested Resources on My Lai
Books, Films, Articles and Worship Guide
RECENT BOOKSKill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (American Empire Project) by Nick Turse
Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War by Viet Thanh Nguyen
My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness by Howard Jones
The Forgotten Hero of My Lai: The Hugh Thompson Story by Trent Angers�Four Hours in My Lai� by Michael Bilton and Kevin Sim
EARLIER BOOKS BY SEYMOUR HERSH
My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and Its Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
Cover-up: the Army's secret investigation of the massacre at MyLai 4 by Seymour M Hersh
Was My Lai just one of many massacres in Vietnam War? By Nick Turse for the BBC
Created by the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committed for the 50th anniversary. Download the 30 page My Lai Worship Resource (PDF)
4 Hours in My Lai: Anatomy of a Massacre - 1989 Film by Yorkshire Television (watch on YouTube)
Winter Soldier - 1972 film featuring testimony of over 125 veterans at the hearing they organized on atrocities (on DVD)
Winter Soldier Film Screening
Saturday, March 17, 4:00 pm
In February 1971, a public inquiry into war crimes committed by American forces in Vietnam was held in Detroit. The Vietnam Veterans Against the War organized this event which they called the Winter Soldier Investigation. More than 125 veterans spoke of atrocities they had witnessed and committed, including a young John Kerry.
"Winter Soldier is an important historical document, an eerily prescient antiwar plea and a dazzling example of filmmaking at its most iconographically potent. But at its best, it is the eloquent, unforgettable tale of profound moral reckoning."–Washington Post
95 Minutes • Discussion following the filmLindner Commons
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