WHY Khe Sanh?

 

Imagine a place where people who once fought against each other, on that very land, come together in peace.  Imagine warriors uniting as friends.  Imagine people seeking respite from conflict in a beautiful garden built on ground that was undoubtedly one of the fiercest battlefields in history.  Think of the healing that is possible.  This vision is now a hope-filled reality at the Khe Sanh Peace Garden in the Province of Quang Tri, Vietnam.

The Khe Sanh Peace Garden is located on the historic Khe Sanh Combat Base in one of the most scenic areas of Central Vietnam. It is a meaningful destination for people of all backgrounds who have been affected by conflict and now desire integration and restoration.   By reclaiming our spirits in the aftermath of war, the Garden reminds us that we continually create the world in which we live.

About the Khe Sanh Peace Garden

 

1) What is the Khe Sanh Peace Garden?

The Khe Sanh Peace Garden is seven hectares (17 acres) of beautiful groves and gardens being planted by veterans and friends of all ages, from all backgrounds. It is located in Quang Tri Province, Central Vietnam, on the Historic Site of the old Khe Sanh Combat Base

 

2) How did the Khe Sanh Peace Garden begin?

A small grove of avocado trees was planted in March of 2012 on the site of the historic Khe Sanh Combat Base by a multigenerational group of US veterans and friends together with a group of Vietnamese veterans. Together, these veterans and family members planted trees and placed incense at a small shrine to honor the memories of fallen friends on all sides of battle. Again in 2014 and 2015, US veterans of the Vietnam and Iraq wars planted trees here with local Vietnamese veterans. These events were sponsored by PeaceTrees VietNam and documented in the film “Soldiers’ Sanctuary”

The Quang Tri Provincial government and the local Huong Hoa District veterans’ organization support and encourage veteran meetings and tree plantings at Khe Sanh. The Peace Garden is sponsored by PeaceTrees VietNam and is built and maintained by private contributions from friends of Khe Sanh Peace Garden. Tree planting events and special veteran meetings can be arranged at this site by contacting us at info@khesanhgarden.org

 

3) Where is the Khe Sanh Peace Garden?

The Khe Sanh Peace Garden is located at the site of the historic Khe Sanh Combat Base (known in Vietnam as “Ta Con Airport Historic Site”) near the town of Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, Vietnam. This was a fierce battleground during two different periods of the war in Vietnam.

This beautiful garden represents the final chapter of the Vietnam War. Further, it stands as a powerful symbol for the opportunity of reconciliation and peace available to soldiers on any side of any armed conflict.

 

4) What happens at the Khe Sanh Peace Garden?

All visitors to the Ta Con Airport Historic Site (Khe Sanh Combat Base) are welcome to visit and enjoy the Khe Sanh Peace Garden. In addition to other visitors from around the world, veterans and friends from all sides of any armed conflict are welcome here.  You will meet new and diverse friends as well as local farmers working in the fruit and vegetable areas of the Garden.

Dedicated ceremonies to honor fallen comrades and tree plantings on the grounds can be arranged by contacting us at info@khesanhgarden.org

 

5) Who manages the Khe Sanh Peace Garden?

PeaceTrees VietNam, a Seattle based humanitarian organization with a 20 year history of successful and effective work in Quang Tri Province, is the Sponsor of the Khe Sanh Peace Garden and works with officials of Quang Tri Province to administer finances for the Garden. A Planning and Management Unit including founding members of Khe Sanh Garden, PeaceTrees Vietnam, and the Landscape and Relic Preservation Center of Quang Tri Province provides day-to-day administration of the Peace Garden.

 

6) Can I become a Friend of the Khe Sanh Peace Garden?

Yes. You are welcome to become a Friend of the Khe Sanh Peace Garden.  Click on the “Become a Friend“ tab on our website and send us your name and email address to join our group. There are no dues or fees for membership. We will keep you informed of progress and special events at the Garden.

 

7) How do I contribute money to the Khe Sanh Peace Garden?

Khe Sanh Garden, the official project organization, is 501-C-3 qualified.  You can use a credit card or PayPal account to make a tax deductible donation toward the cost of construction and ongoing maintenance by clicking the DONATE button on our Donate page.  

If you prefer, you can mail a check payable to Khe Sanh Garden to:

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Your donation to the Khe Sanh Peace Garden is a great help at this time.

 

 

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