More than 3,000 visitors took the opportunity at the event’s opening ceremony to show their respect to the two famous people.
Among them were several photojournalists who had built their reputations documenting the war.
One attendee, 69 year-old American Lovis Fouubani, expressed his gratitude to Nick Ut, saying that he had decided not to join the war after seeing the photo. He only traveled to Vietnam when the warwas all over.
Phuc was designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1996. Ever since, she has dedicated her life to promoting peace, founding the Kim Foundation International in 1997.
The foundation helps children who are war victims by providing medical and psychological support so that they can overcome their traumatic experiences.
She now lives in Canada with her husband and children, where she works hard to raise finance for schools and medical projects in places as far flung as Uganda, Timor-Leste, Romania, Tadjikistan, Kenya and Afghanistan.