US to showcase war reconciliation efforts in HCMC

By Minh Nga   April 10, 2023 | 06:24 pm PT
US to showcase war reconciliation efforts in HCMC
The War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by VnExpress/Phong Vinh
The United States Mission to Vietnam is partnering with the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City to create an exhibit highlighting efforts to overcome the consequences of war.

USAID Mission Director for Vietnam Aler Grubb and museum director Tran Xuan Thao signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the project Monday.

The War Remnants Museum (WRM) exhibit will be the first concrete result of a Letter of Intent agreed upon in 2021 between USAID and Vietnam’s Office of the Standing Board for the National Steering Committee on Overcoming the Post-War Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) and Toxic Chemical Consequences in Vietnam (Office 701).

The new exhibit will focus on three main areas: mine/UXO action, environmental remediation, and support for persons with disabilities, according to a statement by the U.S. Consulate General.

USAID and WRM intend to open the exhibit in 2025, to mark the 30th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, and the 50th anniversaries of the end of the war, and WRM’s founding.

The WRM was built in 1975.

Situated on Vo Van Tan Street in District 3, it is a 10-minute drive from Ben Thanh Market.

It has more than 20,000 artifacts, images and documentaries that shine a light on the atrocities and war crimes perpetrated by colonial and imperial forces, and millions of Vietnamese suffer from the aftermath to this day.

With nearly one million domestic and international visitors per year, the museum is Vietnam’s most visited museum.

Inside Saigon's War Remnants Museum. Video by VnExpress/Phong Vinh

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