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My Lai Memorial Exhibit

This exhibition is presented and sponsored by Chicago Veterans for Peace and John Brown Lives! Longtime Essex resident Mac MacDevitt designed the exhibit and has traveled across the US with this moving and educational project. The exhibit will be open from noon until 7:30 on Friday and Saturday, with evening discussions both days.

From the press release:  "The acclaimed My Lai Memorial Exhibit is a project of Chicago Veterans for Peace (VFP), and honors the Vietnamese people who died as a result of our political and military actions in their country during their American War. The exhibit supports the mission of VFP, which is to seek justice for veterans and victims of war, expose the true costs of war and to work for peace. It has received enthusiastic reviews on a national tour that has included the cities of Santa Fe, San Diego, Fresno, San Francisco, Spokane and Iowa City."

Friday, September 7
12:00pm Exhibit opens
2:00  Exhibit designer Mac MacDevitt will be on hand to answer questions.
6:00  Opening reception
7:30  Evening discussion. The Conroy brothers from West Chazy will present “Healing the Wounds of War in Vietnam,” an informal discussion with a Q&A to follow. All three brothers’ lives were impacted by the war. Ralph “Pete” Conroy was an infantryman, while Mark was the Vietnam Director for the East Meets West Foundation for more than 20 years after the war. John W. Conroy is a Vietnam vet and a journalist. All the brothers have traveled extensively in Vietnam since the war, witnessing the damage caused by the war and the remediation projects implemented by the East Meets West Foundation.

Saturday, September 8
12:00pm Exhibit opens
2:00  Exhibit designer Mac MacDevitt will be on hand to answer questions.
6:00  Martha Swan, executive director of John Brown Lives!,  a nonprofit organization supporting human rights and social justice issues, will hold an informal discussion.
7:30  Evening discussion. Louis Bickford, will present “Confronting the Past: How Societies Deal with Past Atrocity.” Drawing on his 20-plus years as a human rights activist and consultant, Louis will discuss ways in which Argentina, South Africa, Bosnia and other countries have handled the aftermath of conflict, including war-crimes tribunals, truth commissions and memorialization.

Earlier Event: September 2
Benefit for Matt Looby
Later Event: September 14
Adk Harvest Festival Long Table Dinner