Agent Orange Day is today, August 10th. It marks the day in 1961 when the U.S. began aerial spraying of toxic herbicides over Vietnam. This year, Agent Orange Day marks the 51st anniversary of that fateful day. On this day we would like to draw your attention to the recent, exciting news out of Da Nang, Vietnam. On August 9, 2012, the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a joint project that will safely and completely destroy the dioxin in contaminated soils at the Da Nang airport. This announcement marks a dramatic new milestone in the collaboration between the U.S. and Vietnamese governments towards resolving the legacy of Agent Orange in Vietnam 37 years after the end of the war.
The August 9th launch represents the product of efforts spanning multiple agencies in both governments and is a significant step forward in making Agent Orange history. We would like to draw your attention to just some of the media coverage that this event is attracting:
- USAID Press Release
- New York Times
- Associated Press (Time)
- VietnamNet (Amb. Shear’s statement)
- Christian Science Monitor