The Girl with the Flower: The Journey is the Trip.

In this week’s episode, I sit down and speak with Jan Rose Kasmir, who was featured in an iconic photograph that was taken by French photographer Marc Riboud.  Riboud photographed Kasmir, who at that time was a high-school student on October 21, 1967 while taking part with over 100,000 anti-war activists in the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam’s March on the Pentagon to protest U.S. involvement in Vietnam.  In the photo, seventeen-year-old Kasmir was shown clasping a chrysanthemum and gazing at bayonet-wielding soldiers. The photo was featured in the December 30, 1969 special edition of Look magazine under the title The Ultimate Confrontation: The Flower and the Bayonet. The photo was republished world-wide and became a symbol of the flower power movement. Smithsonian Magazine later called it “a gauzy juxtaposition of armed force and flower child innocence.”

Kasmir graduated in 1986 from the New York College of Health Professions in Manhasset, New York as a massage therapist, and worked in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina until 1991. She then moved to Aarhus, Denmark, with her Danish husband and their daughter. She returned with her daughter to the United States in 2002, and resumed living on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

In February 2003, Riboud again photographed Kasmir protesting against the Iraq War where she carried a poster-size copy of the 1967 photograph.

In 2010, Kasmir was invited by the Spanish organization Avalon Project Peace NGO to speak during activities for International Peace Day in Seville, Spain.

In January 2017, she joined the Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

Jan Rose just published her second book, The Girl with the Flower: The Journey is the Trip, which is her long-awaited and highly acclaimed autobiography, Jan Rose lays it bare. In an honest and frank account, she pulls no punches and talks about the sex and the drugs, her stays in state mental institutions, the death of her sister and the collapse of her family, which she would spend a lifetime overcoming. Yet, she never forgot about what she believed was her role in life – a peace campaigner, first and foremost. Through the gloom and despair emerges inspiration, a true story of love, of how she managed to pry herself from the jaws of self-destruction, and ultimately learn how to love her daughter and most of all, herself.

Jan Rose is currently in the process of running a GoFundMe campaign in order for her and some Vietnam veterans to travel to Vietnam and create a documentary to tell their stories.  Give Peace a Chance T-Shirts can also be purchased to help with the funding of the documentary.

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