On March 16, 1998, the 30th Anniversary of the massacre at My Lai a simple groundbreaking was held at the site of the future My Lai Peace Park. After the extensive ceremonies at the My Lai Memorial we all then walked a mile or so the site of the My Lai Peace Park. Speeches were then given by Vietnamese officials and Mike Boehm expressing the hope for a peaceful future relationship between our two countries which this new Peace Park represents. After that Hugh Thompson, Larry Colburn and our Vietnamese counterparts, planted Mango trees, new life to arise out of death.
Near the hamlet
of My Lai on December 6, 1996, after two years of discussions, a
Memorandum of Understanding was drawn up and signed by Le Phuong Tuan,
Vice Chair, Son Tinh District (My Lai) and Roy M. (Mike) Boehm, Vietnam
veteran and representative of the Quakers in Madison, Wisconsin.