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.