Resolution 2020-09 Creating a My Lai Memorial Moment

PASSED: Y-430, N-8

Whereas, on March 16, 1968 U.S. military units with orders "kill anything that moves" killed 504 men, women, children, elderly persons in the hamlets of My Lai and My Khe in Vietnam and; and

Whereas, the My Lai Massacre represents only one of similar incidents of war crimes during the American War in Vietnam ; and

Whereas, the My Lai Memorial Exhibition, a project of Chicago VFP, has toured the U.S., illustrating the events at My Lai in detail, and Vietnam Full Disclosure continues to record and document the history and testimony by veterans of the war on its website; and

Whereas, of 26 men initially charged, Lieutenant Calley was the only one convicted of murder in the carrying out of the massacre, later having his sentence commuted by President Richard Nixon; and

Whereas, The US Army covered up the massacre for 18 months, with evidence that persons in higher authority authorized the destruction of My Lai but were never brought to justice; and

Whereas, Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson and his helicopter crew stopped advancing U.S. troops to prevent even further atrocities; and

Whereas, Vietnam is quietly removing the memorials dedicated to the tragedy of the My Lai Massacre, and

Whereas, wartime use of Agent Orange (dioxin), and unexploded ordinance continue to cause casualties requiring ongoing medical treatments; and

Therefore Be It Resolved that every March 16th be declared My Lai Remembrance Day, beginning March 16, 2021, at 11am, whereby 504 seconds of still silence, one for each victim of that massacre, be set aside by VFP in recognition of this tragedy; and

Be It Further Resolved that Chapters and members are encouraged to create and display wreaths of remembrance every March 16th (having 504 ribbons), especially at My Lai in Vietnam and in Washington, D.C at the Vietnam War Memorial.


Resolution created by Hollis Higgins, Secretary; Put forward by VFP Chapter #035, Spokane, WA, December 16, 2019 & February 12, 2020. Revised June 5, 2020

 Board and Committee:

Resolutions Committee Recommendation:  Appropriate and Approved
Board of Directors Recommendation:  Appropriate and Approved

Convention Floor Vote:

Pro: 159 No:0 Abstain: 14