A MEMORIAL TO THE VIETNAMESE VICTIMS OF THE AMERICAN WAR

My Lai Memorial Traveling Exhibit provided participants with a powerful anti-war experience. The experience invited participants to make a renewed commitment to peace and social justice and provided opportunities to support initiatives working to reduce violence and militarism both at home and abroad.

EXHIBIT PANELS

Forty informational panels help to humanize and understand the Vietnamese as a people and the impact of the American War on families, the land and their way of life.

TAKE ACTION

Learn about local organizations that promote peace and oppose war and violence as a means to resolve conflict. Participants shared actions they have taken in the past or would like to take to work for peace and justice in their own communities and in the world today.

Action statements by participants

ORIGINAL VIDEO: “I ALWAYS SAW THEM AS HUMAN”

U.S. Army Tiger Force veteran Dennis Stout brings you along with his unit as they move through small villages near My Lai in 1967. Learn first-hand about the painful consequences of our military actions on Vietnamese families in the Northern Provinces of S. Vietnam.

INTERACTIVE SCULPTURAL COLLAGE BUILDING & DIALOGUE

At the heart of the exhibit, participants engaged in a unique artistic process to create sculptural collages. They dialogued  with a trained mentor and connected our actions in Vietnam with feelings about how we use violence in our society and in the wars we engage in today.

Photos of the artists and their collage art pieces. See them here.

Audio reflections by participants.
Listen here.

MEMORIAL ALTAR

Participants remember and honor a person or of a group of people who suffered from the impact of war, violence, racism, oppression or injustice.

EXHIBIT JOURNALS

Participants share their reflections on encountering the Memorial Exhibit.

LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF VIETNAM

Participants signed a letter expressing acknowledgement of and remorse for the pain and suffering we inflicted on the Vietnamese people.

EXHIBIT SOURCES

A selection of the personal resource books that artist and exhibit developer Mac MacDevitt used in creating the exhibit.