UCSD celebrates Flag Day with plaque installation at Vietnam War-era flagpole

UCSD alumni Vincent Vasquez, ’02,  Charles 'Rocky' Booth,’69, and Ryan Darby, ’04, all helped acquire the plaque. Photo: UCSD
UCSD alumni Vincent Vasquez, ’02, Charles 'Rocky' Booth,’69, and Ryan Darby, ’04, all helped acquire the plaque. Photo: UCSD

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A plaque installed at UCSD as a reminder of our freedom today has special significance for UCSD.

It was placed at the Revelle College plaza flagpole that installed in December 1967 during an era of anti-Vietnam War activism when protesters flew the North Vietnamese flag on campus.

In response, a group of young Republican students collected funds and erected a flagpole flying an American flag. It is the same plaza where, sadly, three years later student George Winne Jr. set himself on fire and died protesting the war. When alumnus Vince Vasquez learned of the flagpole’s history he solicited donations for the plaque.

   
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