Read as much as you want on BostonGlobe.com, anywhere and anytime, for just 99¢.

The 1969 peace rally

The biggest demonstration in Boston's history brought the Vietnam Moratorium Day activities to Boston Common in 1969 as an estimated 100,000 persons shouted in cadence that they wanted the Vietnam war ended "Now!"

Globe File Photo

The biggest demonstration in Boston's history brought the Vietnam Moratorium Day activities to Boston Common in 1969 as an estimated 100,000 persons shouted in cadence that they wanted the Vietnam war ended "Now!"

Continue reading below

The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam on Oct. 15, 1969, was a huge gathering of antiwar protesters across the United States. Boston had the largest turnout in the country with an estimated 100,000 people assembled at the Boston Common. This was the largest demonstration in Boston’s history. The peace rallies put the antiwar movement in the national spotlight and in the thoughts of mainstream America. Although it made a bold statement, their message was not heard, as the war continued on for several years. - Leanne Burden and Lisa Tuite

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week