Well, peiper, I promised not to post anything like my Valentine’s Day post. This one is serious.
I remember well all the controversy when the Vietnam Memorial was designed and built. It was called an insult to our vets. A black gash in the ground, I remember reading.
Actually, it’s turned out to be brilliant. The Vietnam Memorial has become the American version of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. So this Memorial Day, I’d like to present Reviewing the Troops by Jack E. Dawson.
And now, allow me to quote from Jack E. Dawson’s explanation:
At first glance, you see George Washington saluting the troops of past and present wars. Every man and woman who has served our country to preserve freedom is to be honored. A few are pictured to represent them all. From left to right the soldiers represent a Vietnam Veteran, a Korean War Nurse, a soldier in Iraq/Afghanistan, a Persian Gulf Veteran, a living Vietnam Veteran, a Continental soldier, a Union Civil War soldier, a World War I Veteran, a Confederate Civil War soldier, a Vietnamese woman and baby, a World War II Veteran. As a court would review the evidence and reach a verdict, these troops are being honored for their service to our country. (Notice the word HONOR in the sidewalk.) On further inspection we find the real key to this painting. It is the Lord (in the upper right corner) who is truly “reviewing the troops”. We are to be counted as good soldiers of Jesus Christ. He is reviewing our lives. The ultimate question is do I recognize and trust him? The little girl is leaving a note at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall. What do you think she is writing?
I’ve no idea what the little girl is writing. I hope she hasn’t recently lost a father, mother, or older brother or sister. I hope she’s leaving a note for the great-grandfather who died in Korea, or an uncle who fell in ‘Nam. Or maybe she’s not had to face such losses. Maybe she’s just doing what I hope we all do today–remember and give thanks for those who’ve died for us.
One of the first pictures I saw of the Vietnam Memorial was this:
Kinda chokes me up when I see that.
I just won a bet with myself. I told myself: ‘the first person who’ll comment on this will be wardmama.’
That’s a good one too. I’ve saved it to my photo collection. Not nearly as good as the videos. You’ve seen ‘em. Dad (usually) or Mom comes home and surprises the kids at school. Or that one poor guy–he’d barely gotten out of the cab and the dog was all over him. I don’t know who took the video, because his wife showed up crying. She couldn’t get close to him because the dog had knocked him down was busy licking his face off!
I visited the Wall for the first time about 20 years ago. I was totally unprepared for the wave of emotion that hit me. I’d read about how it affected other people, but I still wasn’t ready. The closer I got the more powerful the feelings became. No other memorial has affected me like that.
It wasn’t me - exactly - I was bad and used the hubby’s computer and forgot to log out
I saw the traveling wall - had always been wondering about a local boy - his name wasn’t on the wall - so I have to believe he made it home ok. There is a documentary of sorts on the wall - I’ve seen it a couple of time, they keep the items left, marking panel number and date. It was quite interesting. I go to Arlington every time I am in DC - we are slowly making our way through the various sections. We watched the Tomb of the Unknown soldiers ceremony the last time we were there.
I am about two steps away from getting my Dad’s name on the local monument to local Veterans - just saw the notice in the Army Times about the WWII - I’d guess you’d call it a data base of WWII stories/service. Will have to do that one too.