November 13, 1969 : “March Against Death” commences in Washington, D.C.

Introduction

In Washington, as a prelude to the second moratorium against the war scheduled for the following weekend, protesters stage a symbolic “March Against Death.” The march began at 6 p.m. and drew over 45,000 participants, each with a placard bearing the name of a soldier who had died in Vietnam. The marchers began at Arlington National Cemetery and continued past the White House, where they called out the names of the dead. The march lasted for two days and nights. This demonstration and the moratorium that followed did not produce a change in official policy–although President Nixon was deeply angered by the protests, he publicly feigned indifference and they had no impact on his prosecution of the war.

Article Details:

November 13, 1969 : “March Against Death” commences in Washington, D.C.

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    2009

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    November 13, 1969 : “March Against Death” commences in Washington, D.C.

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    December 14, 2017

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