By Brock Parker
November 16, 2010
The Lexington Human Rights Committee will host a panel discussion
Sunday recalling the arrest of 458 veterans and townspeople on the
Battle Green in 1971 during a protest against the Vietnam War.
The arrests were made on Memorial Day weekend that year when a
Vietnam Veterans Against the War contingent stopped in Lexington as
part of a march that retraced the route of Paul Revere at the start
of the American Revolution in reverse.
Selectmen declined permission for the veterans to camp on the green,
and early that Sunday morning police arrested the veterans and
townspeople and took them to a makeshift jail in an old Department of
Public Works building.
Human Rights Committee chairman Albert Zabin said veterans, former
town officials, and historians will speak in Cary Memorial Hall at 2
p.m. about the event's significance.