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Forty Years Ago – Paris Peace Accords

On January 27, 1973 the Paris Peace Accords were signed by a delegation led by Secretary of State William Rogers and Ambassador to Vietnam Henry Cabot Lodge, achieving the peace with honor RN promised in his televised address to the nation three years earlier.

The terms of the agreement stipulated an immediate cease-fire, the withdrawal of all U.S. and foreign troops, and the return of all United States prisoners of war.

“We shall do everything the agreement requires of us, and we shall expect the other parties to do everything it requires of them.” RN said. “We shall also expect other interested nations to help insure that the agreement is carried out and peace is maintained.”

On May 23, 2013, the Nixon Foundation will host Vietnam POWs and their families for two days of special events, including a BBQ in the gardens and a dinner in the East Room to commemorate the 40th anniversary of their return home from the prisons of North Vietnam. Forty years ago to the day, on May 24, 1973, President and Mrs. Nixon welcomed home the POWs with the biggest dinner ever held at the White House.