Vietnam marked 50 years since the My Lai massacre today in a memorial ceremony at the site of the killings. In addition to survivors of the massacre and their families, the ceremony was also attended by 60 U.S. Vietnam War veterans and anti-war activists. The ceremony fell just a week after a landmark visit by a U.S. aircraft carrier to the nearby port city of Danang, evidence of warming ties between the former foes.
America cannot forget the sacrifice of the young men and women who gave their youth, courage, health and lives in service to our country during Vietnam, nor the wars and actions on our behalf since.
It is our duty to make certain we honor their service by providing our veterans with the dedication, respect and care they deserve. Our young men and women in service to our country did not and do not question the price of their call to action. We haven’t always honored their service, but it is our moral obligation to demand they receive it, regardless of the cost.
I hope you feel free to share your stories of service with me in the comments or in person so that I can fully understand how we can move forward together in helping to protect the future of those who served and are currently in active duty.
You can learn more about some of the events in Vietnam and the United States commemorating the 50th anniversary here: http://www.vietnampeace.org/my-lai