[2015] Will Keaveney (Period 3): Vietnam Moratorium Peace Demonstration

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[2015] Will Keaveney (Period 3): Vietnam Moratorium Peace Demonstration

Vietnam Moratorium Peace Demonstration

By Will Keaveney

Here, there are thousands of people protesting. You can see the Washington Monument in the distance.

This image portrays what happened during protests. We can see signs and the Captial Building.

Protesting around the Washington Monument. This is where most of the protesting took place.

November 15th, 1969 was a time of rallies and protests. These activities were to inform and show the President the people's distaste in the Vietnam War. All over the world people were taking part in activities protesting the Vietnam War. Some of these activities included marches, where large groups of people walked the streets putting in there opinion and thoughts about the war. One of the largest and most thought out protests in history was during this time, where thousands of people received a name of a soldier who died in the war, and they then walked to the White House and shouted the name as loud as they could. Later on, also outside the White House protesters placed the name in a casket setup nearby. Then, later also outside the White House millions of people gathered for a rally. Not all the people who attended were against the war; some came just to show their point of view on the war. This was a large part in the Vietnam Moratorium Peace Demonstration. Lots of people just wanted to make the President end the war. Richard Nixon was the president during this time, when he came into office he promised to end the war but it took a few years for him to do this causing the people to lose faith in him. But others did not blame him for this and said that this was Johnson’s war. “North Vietnam cannot defeat or humiliate the United States. Only Americans can do that” (Nixon) This quote from Nixon is stating that the country needs to stop protesting because they are humiliating our country. Despite all of the protests going on outside the White House, Nixon continued his work inside without stopping. These protests were so big there were not only all over the country, they were worldwide. With protests in Australia, people all over the world had their own opinion on the war and it was beginning to get out of hand. “I do believe this nation is in danger of committing itself to goals and personalities that guarantee the war’s continuance” (Senator Edward Kennedy). This quote is telling the people about how the government dealt with all of these problems. It is also telling the people that Senator Kennedy thinks that if the people keep acting this way the war will continue. With protests worldwide the war was becoming a dilemma. It took five more years for the war to end.

Protests were everywhere, they were all made so people could have there say in the war. This protest was in Detroit, Michigan.

Protests also happened out of the US. In this photo there are protests in Sydney, Australia.

Quotes:No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now. - Richard M NixonI saw courage both in the Vietnam War and in the struggle to stop it. I learned that patriotism includes protest, not just military service. - John F. Kerry

This is Richard Nixon, the president during the Moratorium.


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