Full Disclosure: Toward an Honest Commemoration of the American War in Vietnam

Dear supporters of the Veterans For Peace project for Full Disclosure: Toward an Honest Commemoration of the American War in Vietnam,

We know that the Pentagon Vietnam War Commemoration project sees he 50th anniversary of the major US escalation in Vietnam — when marines first landed in Da Nang in march, 1965 — as a key moment in their project.  And so do we.

  1. We are planning teach-ins on the war and its impact starting in March. If you are interested in helping with the teach-ins wherever you live, please let us know by replying to this email.  There may be people near where you reside working on the teach-ins and in case we can supply materials and even speakers if you would like. attached are some suggestive ideas for teach-ins, as well as a call for teach-ins.
  2. We are organizing a Memorial Day event in Washington DC.  Full details will be posted on our web site (which is always worth checking out (http://www.vietnamfulldisclosure.org/ ).  We would like you to attend, and more importantly to take the time to send a letter addressing the Vietnam War Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, DC directly. We are asking you to share your memories of this war (whether you are veterans or not)  and its impact on your loved ones while expressing your concerns over future wars. Direct your words to all those who died in the American War on Vietnam, Americans and Asians alike.

Our plans are to then gather boxes and boxes of letters from people like you who do not share the sanitized version of the Vietnam War advocated by the Pentagon. In order to bring as many of your voices into this dialogue, please send us your letter and then please send this request to ten of your friends and ask them to write their letters. And then ask them to send the request to ten of their friends. And ten more.

At noon on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, we will place these letters at the foot of the Wall in Washington, DC as a form of remembrance.  If you wish to submit a letter that will be delivered to the Wall on Memorial Day, please send it to vncom50@gmail.com (with the subject line: Memorial Day 2015) or by snail mail to Attn: Full Disclosure, Veterans For Peace, 409 Ferguson Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516 by May 1, 2015.  Attached is a file more fully discussing our plans for this Memorial Day in Washington DC.  Also its full text is at the end of this email.

  1. We also would like it if you would sign on to our Take The Pledge campaign on our web site (again http://www.vietnamfulldisclosure.org/ ). You can see it on the right of our home screen (and on other screens as well; just scroll down if you don’t see it right away.   It simply says “I’m with Full Disclosure.  I oppose the Pentagon campaign to rewrite the history of the Vietnam war.”  We know you’ve already signed our Open Letter and many other things, but signing this will help update our contact list.  And we can make use of this list in our ongoing work.

4.  Finally, we have been disappointed in the response to our last appeal for funds.  We know times are tough, but even small contributions make a difference. A big thank you again to those who did contribute. You can donate by going to the web site and looking for the donate button on any screen or go directly to

http://vietnamfulldisclosure.org/index.php/contact-us/

Your donations are tax deductible.

This will be an important year in our efforts to keep alive the antiwar perspective on the war in Vietnam and all wars.

In solidarity,

the Veterans For Peace Full Disclosure Campaign: Toward an Honest Commemoration of the American War in Vietnam.

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