On November 13, 1969, US anti-war campaigners staged a ‘March Against Death’ in Washington DC, as a symbolic and peaceful protest against the continuing war in Vietnam.

An estimated 45,000 participants, each carrying a placard with the name of a dead US soldier or destroyed Vietnamese village on it, marched silently from Arlington National Cemetery through the city.

As they passed the White House in single file, each protester called out the name of the soldier or village on their placard.

The march started at 6pm on Thursday November 13 and continued until 7.30am on the Saturday, ending at the Capitol, where the placards were placed into coffins.

The March Against Death

Opposition to the war was arguably at its peak throughout 1969; the March against Death was followed by a ‘Moratorium to end the War’ on the Saturday, which attracted half a million demonstrators.

[Read more: March 8, 1965 - First US combat troops arrive in Vietnam]

President Nixon claimed to be unaffected by the protests, but by 1971 – at which point only 28% of Americans said they agreed with the war - he was actively de-escalating US involvement.

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