The Digital Journalist
Vietnam Reunion Planned for 2005
October 2004

by Horst Faas

Horst Faas, photographer and photo editor now retired from The Associated Press, remembers the day he saw Eddie Adams' Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of the execution of a Vietcong in 1968.

Media veterans of the Vietnam War are planning a reunion in Ho Chi Minh City to mark next year's 30th anniversary of the end of the war.

The informal gathering will take place around the April 30, 2005 anniversary _ from April 27 to May 2 _ with the goal of renewing old friendships in a city that played an important part in the lives of all of those who covered the war.

The two previous reunions, on the 20th and 25th anniversaries, were a great success because they were purely social _ no politics, no speeches. The format will be the same next year with time for sightseeing during the day on an individual basis, followed by cocktails and dinner together.

The Vietnam War attracted thousands of reporters, photographers and television crews from many countries and this reunion is open to all of them. Those who attend will be responsible for their own travel arrangements, and for getting visas. Please spread the word to any Vietnam media veterans that you know.

Horst Faas, now retired from The Associated Press, and Edie Lederer of the AP have set up an e-mail address for those who are interested in attending, so they can send updates and more details as the reunion approaches. Please send an e-mail to the following address if you want to attend:

© Horst Faas