Hundreds of people attended a memorial service for the victims of the My Lai massacre in Quang Ngai Province of South Vietnam on Tuesday (16 March).
GV Museum in My Lai town (2 shots)
SV & GV Interior of museum showing photos of American occupation of town (3 shots)
GV & SV Signs indicating where massacre took place (5 shots)
GV PAN People arriving at the place where the massacre took place (2 shots)
GV Newsmen arriving at scene of massacre
SV Tomb marking place of massacre
GV People gathered at site of massacre (4 shots)
CU Man lights candle on site
SV Wreath being laid on site (3 shots)
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Background: Hundreds of people attended a memorial service for the victims of the My Lai massacre in Quang Ngai Province of South Vietnam on Tuesday (16 March).
The massacre occurred eight years ago when American servicemen, fighting in the Indo-China War, killed 102 villagers, including women and children, and placed their bodies in an open grave.
Those attending the memorial service placed wreaths on the spot where the massacre took place, and lit candles and burnt joss-sticks in front of a special monument erected to commemorate the atrocity.
Several people who survived the massacre described the killings to newsmen who attended the memorial service.
SYNOPSIS: In the little museum at My Lai in South Vietnam, one of the worst atrocities of the Vietnam war is recorded in horrifying detail. It took place when the town was occupied by United States troops eight years ago. 102 villagers - including women and children - were shot dead by troops commanded by First-Lieutenant William Calley.
The American public was profoundly shocked by the facts of the incident when they were revealed at Calley's subsequent court-martial three years later. It helped to turn American opinion against the Vietnam war. This month, on the eighth anniversary of the massacre, hundreds of people attended a memorial ceremony for the victims. The ceremony took place at the exact spot where the villagers were arbitrarily shot and buried in an open grave.
The ceremony was also attended by a large contingent of newsmen from many Communist countries, as well as America, Japan and France. People attending the ceremony lit candles and burnt joss sticks before the special monument that has been erected to commemorate the tragedy. They also laid wreaths on the spot where the villager died.
Also present were several villagers who had survived the massacre, and they described their experiences to the foreign newsmen.