Dear Yoko & Imagine Peace Community,

For much of the past 40 years, the violent events at My Lai have evoked horror, grief, anger and recrimination. On March 16, 2008 — the 40th anniversary — I send a different thought and wish.

I am a journalist and have located an organization – the Madison Quakers – who believe that Peace is Anywhere and that if people can sit down with humility and respect and a willingness to listen and learn from each other, then anything is possible.

This group has built the MY LAI PEACE PARK as a memorial to meditate and hope and wish for peace. A delegation of Hibakusha, survivors of the atomic bombings in Japan, will unite with the survivors of the My Lai massacre on March 16 in a plea for the end of weapons of mass destruction and peace in the world.

These Quakers have worked for over a decade with the My Lai people: built Primary Schools, funded hundreds of My Lai women in small businesses, built simple ‘Compassion Houses’ for the Agent Orange victims, and importantly built this MY LAI PEACE PARK dedicated to Peace not war.

I could not visit the Peace Park this anniversary, but want to share it’s existence with the larger world community.

I firmly believe this: If peace can arise from the ashes of My Lai is can rise anywhere!

Here is the web site to investigate further and perhaps help with the beautiful work they’re doing.

Congratulations for having created such a significant and beautiful park. This park will not only help the wronged spirits to rest peacefully, but it will send a strong healing vibration to the whole world.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Peace and Love,
Yoko Ono Lennon
16 March 2008

Students of My Lai Primary School, the children and grandchildren of survivors of the My Lai Massacre.

Japanese students planting trees at the My Lai Peace Park.

Yoko Ono & The Plastic Ono Band: ‘Now or Never’ (single, 1972)
The cover is a photograph from the My Lai massacre of 1968.

The My Lai Massacre was the mass murder of 347 to 504 unarmed citizens of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), mostly civilians and majority of them women and children, conducted by U.S. Army forces on March 16, 1968. The incident prompted widespread outrage around the world and reduced U.S. support at home for the Vietnam War.