Dewey Canyon III was a limited incursion into the country of Congress--a militant protest--organized by Vietnam Veterans Against the War, against the Congress and the U.S. government. Almost a thousand Vietnam veterans camped for a week on the mall in D.C., and through various activities disrupted the normal routine of politics and tourism, especially by conducting guerilla theater reenactments of what they did to the Vietnamese people on the steps of different government buildings. The vets defied a Supreme Court ban on camping on the mall, and in a final blast on April 23, thousands of vets threw their medals and various military regalia at the Congress, expressing their solidarity with the Vietnamese people and denouncing the U.S. government in no uncertain terms. Following are some of the brief statements by the brothers at Dewey Canyon III as their medals flew through the air:
"Bruce, New York, I have a Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, a Vietnam Service Ribbon, National Defense Ribbon and Purple Heart..."
"My name is John and here's a bunch of bullshit!"
"My name's Peter and I got a Purple Heart here and I hope I get another one fighting these motherfuckers."
"Robert, New York, and I symbolically return all Vietnam medals and other service medals given me by the power structure that has genocidal policies against non-white peoples of the world!"
"This is for the brothers and sisters at Kent."
"This is for the brothers and sisters this year."
"Second Battalion, First Marines, Power to the people!"
"22nd Calvary strike Danang. I hope they realize this is their last goddamn chance."
"Spec 4, Army, retired. I've taken in 9 Purple Hearts, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Army Commendation and a lot of other shit. This is for my brothers!"
"We're not gonna fight anymore, but if we have to fight again, it will be to take these steps!"