June 01, 1971 : Vietnam Veterans group announces support for Nixon

Introduction

In support of the Nixon Administration’s conduct of the war, a group named the Vietnam Veterans for a Just Peace declares that it represents the majority of the U.S. veterans that had served in Southeast Asia, and calls the protests and congressional testimony of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War “irresponsible.”

On April 19, as a prelude to a massive antiwar protest, the Vietnam Veterans Against the War began a five-day demonstration in Washington, D.C. The generally peaceful protest, called Dewey Canyon III in honor of the February and March operation in Laos, ended on April 23 with some 1,000 veterans throwing their combat ribbons, helmets, and uniforms along with toy weapons on the Capitol steps. Earlier they had lobbied with their congressmen, laid wreaths in Arlington National Cemetery, and staged mock “search and destroy” missions.

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June 01, 1971 : Vietnam Veterans group announces support for Nixon

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    June 01, 1971 : Vietnam Veterans group announces support for Nixon

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/vietnam-veterans-group-announces-support-for-nixon

  • Access Date

    November 22, 2017

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    A+E Networks