Photo Essay

thank you veterans

left behind

it's called the wall that heals...

i have this "thing" about vietnam... i don't know what to call it, curiosity? interest? questions?

i have a need to visit the vietnam wall memorial in washington.

i don't know anyone on that wall, i didn't know anyone in vietnam. i do have family and others who were in ww II and, strangely, i know more about it.

i've read a few books by vets, seen movies and tv shows about the vietnam war.

i have a childhood memories of seeing coverage on the news, correspondents riding trucks down dirt roads with thick jungle on either side, soldiers jumping in and out of helicopters, men being carried on stretchers. i can see those images just as clear as if i saw them yesterday.

the week before memorial day, the traveling wall came to my town... a chance to "feed" my "thing".

set up in the library parking lot, there were few people milling about, more volunteers than visitors. older men, vets, a woman with a record book and a very young man who couldn't know anything about vietnam.

the wall wasn't what i expected... i thought i would feel more, the setting was all wrong, cold. those feelings came in the small museum. sadness, anger and pride washed over me as i looked at mementos, copies of letters and thank yous.

i have to go to washington.

thank you from the bottom of my heart to all who have served.

6 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (25 May 2013):

    Well done, Diana!

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey gave props (25 May 2013):

    Excellent story, very approiate for Memorial Day! I remember the Viet Nam War very well. Not because I was there, or even in the military, but because it was on the evening news every evining. It was in blood red color, something the American people had not seen since the Civil War. No wonder the people turned against the war, seeing all of the horror of war every evening at supper time.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (25 May 2013):

    Great photo essay, Diana. Well worth reading. I voted!

  • Lynn Hathaway

    Lynn Hathaway said (27 May 2013):

    Very touching photos and essay. Voted

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner gave props (27 May 2013):

    Excellent !!

  • Gary Cole

    Gary Cole (Deleted) said (29 May 2013):

    Well done Diana. I'm sure that the actual wall is much more impressive but seeing the Traveling Wall and the names of soldiers I knew was touching none the less.

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