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The My Lai Memorial Exhibit and the Vietnam War

Accompanies the My Lai Memorial Exhibit, DPC Library October 2-7, 2019

The My Lai Memorial Exhibit

The My Lai Memorial Exhibit honors the Vietnamese who died in their American War. The exhibit is a strong anti-war response to the Pentagon’s $63 million campaign commemorating  the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War that attempts to glorify our unnecessary, unjust and immoral military actions in Vietnam and to promote our ongoing wars today.

The exhibit will be coming to Phoenix on October 2-7, 2019 at ASU Downtown Phoenix Library, 411 N. Central Ave, Phoenix. Admission is free. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace Phoenix Chapter as part of their 50th anniversary commemorations of the Vietnam War.  Cosponsored by ASU's Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement, and the ASU Library.  

Visitors to the exhibit will have the opportunity to:

HONOR the tragic impact of political and military actions on the people of Vietnam by viewing panels on the My Lai Massacre and Vietnam War. Participants also will learn how our governmental and military policies were implemented and then covered up in a campaign that led to the killing of 2 million Vietnamese civilians during the war.

SHARE THEIR ART by engaging in a unique and powerful sculptural collage process, leading to dialogue as they share their artwork with other participants and on social media.

ACT FOR JUSTICE & PEACE by exploring opportunities to make amends for the damage Americans caused the Vietnamese people and to support organizations working for peace and social justice.

The My Lai Memorial Exhibit is welcoming, open and non-judgmental. Participants are invited to process and share this difficult history in their own way. Local Veterans for Peace mentors will be available to listen wholeheartedly as participants share personal thoughts and feelings.

“I have always been haunted by the terrible suffering endured by the Vietnamese people during the Vietnam War,” said artist Mac MacDevitt, who leads the Chicago Veterans for Peace team that developed the exhibit. ”I developed the exhibit’s collaborative art projects to allow participants to tap into the artist in each one of us and join our voices for social justice.”

MacDevitt explained why is important to remember the destruction we caused to the Vietnamese people during the American war. “Chicago Veterans for Peace is a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. Coalition members include holocaust museums and sites where atrocities took place. Our memorial exhibit reflects the “memory to action” process that guides coalition members, ‘not only to preserve memories of historical events, but also to understand the context in which these events occurred and apply the lessons we have learned to today’s struggles for human rights and social justice.’”

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