Memorial service held for US peace activist Merle Evelyn Ratner

Monday - 19/02/2024 08:17
Memorial service held for US peace activist Merle Evelyn Ratner
Mr. Phan Anh Son, President of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations makes a speech.
Mr. Phan Anh Son, President of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations makes a speech.

The Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) on February 16 held a memorial service in Hanoi for US peace activist Merle Evelyn Ratner, a close friend of Viet Nam, who passed away earlier this month.

Attending the Memorial Service in person and online were about 150  people including representatives of ministries, departments, branches, and socio-political organizations of Viet Nam; Mr. Ngo Thanh Nhan - husband of Merle Evelyn Ratner; representatives of US and Vietnamese organizations, individuals who are friends, partners of Merle Evelyn Ratner, staff of VUFO...
The Memorial Service is to remember, express gratitude, and honor her contributions to peace and anti-war activities in Viet Nam as well as activities to fight for the rights of victims of Agent Orange/dioxin in Viet Nam and to promote people-to-people relations between the US and Viet Nam.
In his remarks, VUFO President Phan Anh Son expressed his sadness over the death of the activist, and recalled her activities in support of Viet Nam, saying she will be remembered forever by generations of Vietnamese.
He called Ratner a symbol of international solidarity and support for Vietnamese people during movements against the US war in the Southeast Asian nation.
Son said after the war ended, Ratner further supported Vietnamese people in national reconstruction, highlighting her efforts to push for the normalisation of Viet Nam-US relations and the removal of the US embargo on the country.
As the VAORRC co-founder, she made tireless efforts to garner support for Vietnamese AO victims to ease their difficulties and seek justice for them, he continued.
Son also stressed Ratner’s support for the VUFO and its member organisations in organising peace, solidarity and friendship activities with left-wing friends and the Communist Party of the US.

Ratner was killed by a tow truck in the East Village while crossing the street near her house in Brooklyn on February 5.
Born in 1956 in New York City, she had a special love for Viet Nam. She took to the streets to protest against the Viet Nam War when she was 13 years old and became famous for hanging anti-war slogans on the Statue of Liberty. She was a co-founder and coordinator of the Viet Nam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign (VAORRC) in the New York area.
Ratner actively participated in protests against the US war in Viet Nam since the late 1960s, the anti-imperialism movement in the 1970s and 1980s, and anti-racism campaigns in America today.
After 1975, with a deep love for Viet Nam, Ratner campaigned for the normalisation of the Viet Nam-US relations, and supported Viet Nam’s international activities. She visited Viet Nam many times, and engaged in joint work with mass organisations, the Viet Nam Fatherland Front, and the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics.

Author: VUFO, VNA,

Source: Vietnamtimes

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