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Pentagon Anti-war March

50 years later Vietnam War protestors reunite

On October 21, 1967 some 50,000 people marched on the Pentagon to “Confront the Warmakers” about the War in Vietnam. Fifty years later about one hundred of them met in DC to commemorate the event.

They began the evening of October 20 with a small rally in front of the Pentagon. After a couple speeches, Peter Yarrow, formerly of the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, sang and played  the guitar.

The conference itself was held on October 21.  It featured panels on the anti-war movement then and later, videos, and personal testimony from people who were there.

In the evening, about 60 people walked from the conference to the Vietnam War Memorial, where they were addressed by Rabbi Arthur Waskow. A small group then walked to the apex of the  memorial to place a white wreath commemorating all the deaths from that war, including veterans and civilians, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laotians and Americans.

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