Vietnamese-American Peace Park
The Vietnamese-American Peace Park project began in 1993 as the work of two veterans, Mike Boehm of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin who served from January 1968 through August 1969 in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, and Nguyen Ngoc Hung, of Hanoi, VietNam, who served from 1969 to 1975 in the North Vietnamese army during the war.
After Mr. Hung's visit to the Highground memorial in Neillsville, Wisconsin (a dove shape effigy mound built to commemorate the missing and killed in the war), he and Boehm began discussing a similar project in VietNam.
Today (July 14th, 1995) the group has chosen a site near Bacgiang (35 miles from Hanoi) in the former North VietNam, and working with Vietnamese designers, has developed a plan for the mound. More than 60 individuals and groups are involved in the project. In addition to U.S. and Vietnamese Veterans, the project has involved numerous church groups, including the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
Donations for the Park are being accepted by the Religous Society of Friends, 1704 Roberts Court, Madison, WI 53711.
Ceremonies asking the spirits that inhabit the land for permission to build the Peace Park in Bac Giang, Ha Bac Province, Vietnam, May 11, 1995
Vietnamese and Americans examining plans for the Peace Park in Ha Bac Province, Vietnam. On the left is Nguyen Ngoc Hung, a North Vietnamese veteran who, in 1990, was so moved during his visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park near Neillsville, Wisconsin, that he lit an incense stick and said a prayer for his brother who had been missing in action for over 20 years.
American Veteran, Mike Boehm, and Vietnamese veteran, Nguyen Nhu Nga, break ground together for the tree planting at the Peace Park in Ha Bac Province, Vietnam, May 11, 1995.
General Son and Mike Boehm at the Ground Breaking Ceremony in Ha Bac Province, May 11, 1995. A Dedication Ceremony at the Peace Park is planned for November 11, 1995 (Veterans Day).
Quaker, who with eight othe anti-war activists aboard the yacht Phoenix carried $10,000 worth of medical supplies into North Vietnam in 1967 as a sign of friendship to the Vietnamese people.
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