Tomorrow is the 47th anniversary of the My Lai Massacre, in which American soldiers killed 500 unarmed Vietnamese in 1968. Every year at this time, US veteran Mike Boehm plays his violin at My Lai as an offering to the spirits of the dead and for those still living in the area.
While Boehm was not involved in the massacre during the war, he says that My Lai represents the darkness of the whole American conflict in Vietnam. Since 1994, his organization MQI has been providing support to the people of My Lai and Quang Ngai Provence in central Vietnam. In honor of the anniversary, I’m posting a Vietnamese documentary about Boehm and the legacy of the massacre. You can watch the first part above and the rest below.
To find out more about My Lai today, you can read about my trip to Quang Ngai here and here.
2 thoughts on “47th Anniversary of the My Lai Massacre”
What happened that day in My Lai demonstrated the worst of American behavior. The massacre of innocents was beyond belief, and the attempted cover-up was disgraceful, but My Lai was not an anomaly. That day also gave us Hugh Thompson, and his crew, who paid a great price for their honorable behavior that day.