Samantha Reed Smith
June 29, 1972 - August 25, 1985
—Maine's Young Ambassador of Goodwill —
In 1982, ten year old Samantha Smith wrote a letter to Yuri Andropov, the leader of the Soviet Union asking, "Why do you want to go to war with the United States?" Mr. Andropov's reply to that letter, his invitation for Samantha to visit, and her subsequent trip with her parents to the Soviet Union, began a personal dialogue between the peoples of the Soviet Union and the United States that many believe contributed to the thaw in the dangerous Cold War of the late 20th Century.
Samantha's untimely death at age 13 in an airplane accident was mourned by adults and children world wide. Maine is proud of her native daughter and remember the message she taught us:
One child can play a powerful part in bringing peace to the world
Location. 44° 18.362′ N, 69° 46.928′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Maine, in Kennebec County. Touch for map. Monument is near the east end of the Maine Cultural Building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 230 State Street (US Hwy 201), Augusta ME 04333, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civilian Conservation Corps (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); NAS Brunswick Tribute to State of Maine (about 300 feet away); Vietnam Veterans Pine Grove
Also see . . .
1. Samantha Smith: American Peace Activist and Actress. (Submitted on December 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Samantha Smith, America's Youngest Ambassador. (Submitted on December 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Peace • War, Cold • Women •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.