Here is remembering VIETNAM VETERANS on Memorial Day. Taps sounded farewells for comrades lost in war. Often ignored, sometimes even maligned, Vietnam Veterans themselves sponsored the monument in the Nations Capital. Its simple black granite surface, inscribed as a lasting tribute, with the name of everyone who made the ultimate sacrifice. They went to Vietnam filled with hollywood images, and did their duty ... even though few images matched that ... muck and moral confusion were founded instead. No one wanted to hear what the vets had been through at their welcoming home dinners, even though they still had mud underneath fingernails, along with open soars on their feet. And others came home blind or missing arms and/or a leg. Powerful and disturbing feelings were buried deeper and deeper as the war became old news to others. Wounded and decorated for bravery for combat in Vietnam, veterans decided to ban together having the names of every one killed, by building a memorial. Money trickled in slowly and was hard to raise, little by little, until enough money was raised for people to recognize the sacrifices and contributions made. Because, the country they love, told them it was
right. They agreed on a timetable of: 1980 -- obtained land for the memorial, 1981 --
selected a design and finish fundraising, 1982 -- completed construction and conduct dedication
ceremonies. Singing GOD BLESS AMERICA, we will never forget to honor the dead (AND THOSE LIVING) who fought like hell for the living. The names on the Memorial Wall have power and life all on their own, which makes their blood feel like it is flowing again ... from below the earth ... up to heavens gates. Happy Memorial Day!