A Twin Cities priest is expected to receive a citation for honorary citizenship from the government of Vietnam for his anti-war work in the country during the Vietnam War.
The Rev. Harry Bury, a former pastor at St. Francis Cabrini church in Minneapolis, will be granted the honor on Feb. 1, according to The Plain Dealer.
Bury teaches behavioral science at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, but also keeps a residence in St. Paul, where he was raised, the newspaper reports:
“The 81-year-old lifelong peace activist once chained himself to the gates of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) during the war to protest U.S. military intervention.”
Bury tells the newspaper: “I’m not into awards. But I’m appreciative and grateful that they recognize I made a contribution to stopping the war.”
St. Francis Cabrini church also noted Bury’s accomplishment in its Jan. 22 bulletin.