Signing of the Paris Peace Accords

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Vietnam Peace Accord Is Signed President Calls for Prayers KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Like countless Americans across the nation, President Nixon and his family will say prayers of thanksgiving today as the shooting ends in this country's longest war. Nixon; his wife, Pat, and daughter Julie Nixon Eisenhower plan to attend a special church service at 7 p.m. EST at the Key Biscayne Presbyterian Church near the Florida White House, press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said. Raymond C. Sandy, chairman of the Frederick County Board of Supervisors and Winchester Mayor Stewart Bell Jr., have jointly asked their fellow citizens to join each other in a 'moment of silence' at noon tomorrow in honor of the cease fire in South Vietnam today. Nixon flew to Florida from Washington on Friday shortly after he signed a proclamation designating that hour for prayer and thanksgiving. It coincides with the hour a cease-fire is to take place in Vietnam. The President issued the proclamation after Congress requested one be made. In it, he said in part: "A long and trying ordeal for America has ended. Our nation has achieved its goal for peace with honor in Vietnam. "As a people with a deep and abiding faith, we know that no great work can be accomplished without the aid and inspiration of almighty God. No time can be more fitting for grateful prayer and meditation than the opening moment of the peace we have achieved with His help. "Now, therefore, I ... do hereby designate 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time ... as a national moment of prayer and thanksgiving and the 24-hour period beginning then as a national day of prayer and thanksgiving...." Gibb Covers Wide Range Of Subjects By PAT ROBINSON Star Staff Writer Democratic Del. Duncan C. Gibb of Front Royal told a Winchester group today that he does not favor giving the state's planning district commissions service district powers. He said he favored limiting candidates' campaign expenditures and favors "some type of no- fault automobile insurance," predicting that some kind of it will pass. Peace Is 'In' Hand The hand of U.S. Secretary of State William P. Rogers signs the Vietnam peace agreement in Paris today to end the longest war in American history. The photo was made from a TV screen. (AP wirephoto) Final Land Grabs by Reds in South Viet SAIGON (AP) — Communist forces stormed into the major city of Tay Ninh and its Cao Dai temple today and attacked smaller towns across South Vietnam in what U.S. officials said was a grab for land before the ceasefire. It has been widely presumed by allied officials that the Viet Cong would like to claim Tay Ninh City, a provincial capital 55 miles northwest of Saigon, as a political base. They believe it is important to the Communists because the city is near Viet Cong and North Vietnamese military bases and supply depots along the Cambodian border. The South Vietnamese military command said the Communist troops had been driven out of several hamlets around Tay Ninh. But they acknowledged enemy troops still held two edges of the city. U.S. officials said the attacks might prove of some success to the Communists. in giving them control in new areas before the cease-fire goes into effect at 8 a.m. Sunday — 7 p.m. EST today. One U.S. soldier who watched a buddy die in a predawn rocket attack on Da Nang Air Base said: "The only irony of it is that a good friend of mine from the same hometown as I'm from was killed this morning. He was supposed to start initial out-processing this morning to leave. He just got killed." He was the third American serviceman Wednesday. A Marine security guard was killed in a rocket attack on the Bien Hoa Air Base before dawn Friday, and an observer was killed later the same day when his helicopter crashed 100 miles east of Saigon. Thirty-one American servicemen and civilian advisers and technicians have been wounded since Wednesday. The Saigon command reported 160 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong attacks across South Vietnam during the 24 hours ending at 6 a.m. today, the highest number in nearly a year. About two-thirds of the attacks were by rockets and mortars, and it was the third successive day that enemy attacks topped 100. The Saigon command claimed 533 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops killed. South Vietnamese reported their losses were at least 70 men killed and 363 wounded. Still fragmentary reports listed at least 10 civilians killed, 44 wounded and more than 30 homes destroyed. North Vietnamese troops also fought their way into Trang Bom Village, about 20 miles northeast of Saigon on Highway 1; and fighting was reported near the district town of Trang Bang, along Highway 1 about 30 miles to the northwest. Agnew to Leave For SE Asian Tour Sessions in Paris Conclude Longest War in U.S. History PARIS (AP) — Agreements on ending the fighting in Vietnam and calling for the withdrawal of all U.S. forces were signed today in two sessions in the ballroom of an old hotel near the Arc de Triomphe. In the first session this morning, the United States, South Vietnam, North Vietnam and the Viet Cong signed the overall agreement that for the United States means the end of the longest war in its history and a conflict paid for in the lives of nearly 460 men and billions of dollars. This signing took 18 minutes and ended with champagne toasts. But outside, demonstrators were waving Viet Cong and North Vietnamese flags and booed the Americans and the South Vietnamese. In the second signing session, Secretary of State William P. Rogers and Foreign Minister Nguyen Duy Trinh of North Vietnam signed a separate group of documents and this officially brought an end to the diplomatic efforts for peace in Vietnam that began in 1968. As the U.S. and South Vietnamese delegations left, the crowd across the street booed and jeered, then burst into the "International" as the Viet Cong foreign minister, Mrs. Binh, came into view. The South Vietnamese delegation announced later that it had expressed "its deep surprise" to the Frnech government for permitting the demonstration to take place near the scene of the signing. About 300 French and Vietnamese, waving a forest of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong flags, stood behind police barriers opposite the entrance to the conference center. Draft Ends WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird today announced the end of the military draft. His announcement came five months ahead of President Nixon's goal of switching finally to an all- volunteer armed forces. Laird made public a message to senior defense officials saying: "With the signing of the peace agreement in Paris today, and after receiving a report from the Secretary of the Army that he foresees no need for further inductions, I wish to inform you that the armed forces henceforth will depend exclusively on volunteer soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. "Use of the draft has ended." Signed at the first ceremony were three protocols, or annexes, and the main agreement entitled: "Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam." The protocols cover the release of prisoners, the operation of the four-nation control commission of Canada, Indonesia, provisional revolutionary government, meaning the Viet Cong. This complex procedure was a compromise avoiding any mutual recognition by the two rival South Vietnamese governments. The signing ends for the United States a war that saw its first soldier killed in action in 1961. Since then 45,931 Americans have died in action and 303,605 have been wounded. Rogers met for an hour in the morning with French President Georges Pompidou to express President Nixon's appreciation for Pompidou's help in concluding the Vietnam peace agreement. France has hosted Vietnam peace talks since May 1968. The agreements call for a cease-fire to begin at 7 p.m., EST. In the morning session, each of the four envoys signed their names 32 times. Then in .the afternoon session, Rogers and Trinh each sighed 40 times more. Foreign Minister Tran Van Lam of South Vietnam and Mrs. Nguyen Tri Binh, the Viet Cong foreign minister, joined Rogers and Trinh in the signing of the over-all agreement in the morning session. After this session the South Vietnamese officially protested to the French government, host of the signing ceremonies, that the demonstrations outside the old Majestic Hotel had disturbed "the serenity" of the occasion. The demonstrators booed and jeered as the U.S. and South Vietnamese delegations arrived and left. They cheered and sang the Socialist anthem, "International," when the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong officials came and departed. Selecting a Pen U.S. Secretary of State William P. Rogers selects a pen before signing the agreement to end the Vietnam War during the first signing session at the Hotel Majestic in Paris today. Man at left is an unidentified aide. (Ap wirephoto)

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  1. Winchester Evening Star,
  2. 27 Jan 1973, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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