50 years ago today…..15 October 1969…….
Moratorium Day involved mass protests across the US. Religious services, rallies and meetings were held, aiming to bring the war to an end.
By this point, US troops had been fighting the Communist Viet Cong in Vietnam since 1965. About 45,000 Americans had been killed in action by the end of 1969.
In the frigid fall of 1969, more than 500,000 people marched on Washington to protest U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. It remains the largest political rally in the nation’s history. While President Richard Nixon was said to have spent the day watching college football inside the White House, to the rest of the world, the protests successfully proved that the antiwar movements comprised more than just politicized youth. The November rallies were part of a string of demonstrations that took place around the world in 1969, with groups from San Francisco to Boston and London petitioning for peace. Despite their cries, the war toiled on for six more years, ending with the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975.
Check out the Great photos from this antiwar protest……
Or for those that cannot read…..
This was when the nation had a soul…..and the deaths of so many Americans for no reason was unacceptable….I miss those days.
And now for Country Joe……
I Read, I Wrote, You Know
“Lego Ergo Scribo”