Memorial Day Remembrances

Photo courtesy of Salvatore Lopes, Marine Corps Tankers Association

Memorial Day weekend is coming up. The holiday means parades, barbeques and hopefully a dignified remembrance. June 28 marks 50 years from the day in 1965 that President Lyndon Johnson officially committed the first United States ground combat forces.

In San Francisco, protesters staged many marches and rallies to voice their opposition to the war. Here is a clip from 1968 from the Harvey Richards Media Archive ( of a protest that offered a chance for US service members to voice their opposition:

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was completed in 1982 in Washington, D.C. If you have not had an opportunity to visit, here is a clip from Khan Academy, an educational organization that produces “micro lectures” on YouTube, describing the monument: