Who Will Control the Narrative?
This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the civilian massacre of My Lai, the Vietnamese village that was destroyed by US forces during the Vietnam War. The Pentagon is spending $63 million dollars to glorify our unnecessary, unjust and immoral military actions in Vietnam and in our continuing wars today. The My Lai Memorial Exhibit honors the Vietnamese who died in what they refer to as the American War. It is a strong, anti-war response to the Pentagon’s campaign and is a way of assuring that the Vietnam War does not slip down the memory hole.
The exhibit, which is traveling the whole country and installed in San Diego this week, is a critical element in fulfilling the Veterans for Peace mission — to seek justice for veterans and the victims of war, expose the true costs of war and to work for peace.
Friday, March 16
First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, 4190 Front St, San Diego, CA 92103
evening speaking program @ 7:30 pm of:
-Marjorie Cohn, former head of the National Lawyers Guild, with a new edition of her book on Drone Warfare;
-Barry Ladendorf, Last year’s President of the National Veterans for Peace Organization;
-Dennis Stoudt-Phoenix veteran who was there in Vietnam during massacres like My Lai with a first hand account of what went on.
Saturday, March 17
Church of the Brethren, 3850 Westgate Place, SD 92105
evening speaking program @ 6:30 pm of:
-Fernando Suarez del Solar, Guerrero Azteca Founder, Anti-War Advocate, Lost son in Iraq War;
-Lori Saldana, Former Speaker Pro-Tempore of CA Assembly, sponsored legislation on Veteran’s Mental Health and on Aid to Military Families;
-David Valladolid, Purple Heart Vietnam Vet, CEO of Parent Institute for Quality Education, Rep. on CA Student Aid Com.
The My Lai Memorial Exhibit, by allowing you to take part in the artistic process, honors the over two million Vietnamese civilians who died in what we call the “Vietnam War” but what will forever be known in Vietnam as the “American War”. This Memorial Exhibit offers three interactive opportunities to dialogue, build a sculptural collage and to share your artwork and comments. You will be able to participate in a strong, anti-war response to the Pentagon’s $63 million campaign to sanitize and to glorify this unnecessary, unjust and immoral military action.
The 50th anniversary of the My Lai Massacre will be March 16, 2018. San Diego Veterans for Peace provide additional information in the article My Lai Memorial Exhibit Comes to San Diego.
This video was used as a fundraiser for the exhibit. We are running it today for the raw footage of the war and insight it provides into the exhibit.