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40 years ago: Local residents express cautious relief at Vietnam ceasefire news

January 24, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 24, 1973:

Relief and skepticism were expressed in Lawrence today as news spread that a peace accord had been reached to end the war in Vietnam. President Nixon, claiming that all conditions for "peace with honor" had been met, had announced the agreement the previous evening. In an address carried by television and radio, Nixon had called for an internationally-supervised ceasefire to take effect at 6 p.m. CST on the upcoming Saturday and the release of all American war prisoners within 60 days thereafter, "the fullest possible accounting" for all military personnel missing in action, and the withdrawal of all American forces from South Vietnam. In Lawrence, Kansas University Raymond Nichols said that the war's end "should release veterans for educational opportunities" and should "also have a quieting effect in regard to student concern about the war." Mrs. Theola Nelson, president of the Lawrence Branch of Concerned Black Parents, expressed some doubt with the statement "It's sort of hard to believe. I'll just wait and see." Echoing this, John Musgrave, regional coordinator for the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, said he was "praying it is true, but I'm very, very apprehensive."

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